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MINUTES 



OF THE 



FOURTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 

Long Branch 
Primitive Baptist Association 

Held with 

LEGGETT CHAPEL CHURCH 

EDGECOMBE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 

Beginning 
Friday Before the Third Sunday in October, 1951 



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PROCEEDINGS 
October 19, 20, and 21, 1951 

FRIDAY MORNING SESSION 

The Moderator arose and sung Hymn No. 400 and Bro. 
George Wimberley led in prayer. Then the Moderator arose 
and read for his morning lesson the I Chapter of St. John 
down to the 16th verse. And he preached from the same chap- 
ter. He was chosen to preach the Education Sermon. Then 
Elder Willie Carney arose, who was chosen to preach the 
Alternate Sermon, and sang Hymn No. 393 and preached 
from the 18th Chapter of St. Matthew down to the 6th verse. 
Then the Moderator arose and sang Hymn No. 188 and closed 
for one hour. 

FRIDAY EVENING SESSION 

Elder W. M. Weaver arose and opened by singing Hymn 
No. 397 and prayer was by Elder Joe Taylor. The Moderator 
arose and announced the house in order for any business. 

1 — Moved and agreed Elder J. H. Dickens should moderate 
our Association Conference. 

2 — Moved and agreed that all officers remain the same. 

3 — Moved and agreed that all Delegates and Messengers with 
whom we correspond be invited to set with us and take 
a part in our Conference and feel themselves at home. 

4 — Moved and agreed that all visiting brethren and sisters 
are invited to sit with us and help us out in our delibera- 
tions and feel themselves at home. 

5 — Moved and agreed that the list of churches be called. 
Leggett's Chapel, Logsboro and Long Branch all an- 
swered present. 

6 — Moved and agreed that a door be open for receiving of 
new churches. Delegates from Tar River Chapel Church 
and Carson Chapel Church came forward with letters 
moved to join on with the Long Branch Association. 

7 — Moved and agreed that the letters be read. 

8 — Moved and agreed that the letters be received and the 
churches enrolled. 



9 — Moved and agreed that the Moderator extend the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegates. 

10 — Moved and agreed that a committee of three be appointed 
on arrangements to arrange preaching during the ses- 
sion. They were as follows: Elder Willie Carney, Bro. 
Osten Higgs, and Elder J. H. Dickens. 

11 — Moved and agreed that the report of the committees be 
received. 

12 — Moved and agreed that we will send someone to the stand 
to preach for the people — Elder Frank Bell and Elder 
John Charles. 

13 — Moved that the report of the committee be received. 

14 — Moved and agreed that Bro. Jonie Knight go to the stand 
and record the preachers' text from day to day. 

15 — Moved and agreed that the delegates from the sister as- 
sociations with whom we correspond now make their 
report. Elder Jim Berrett came forth from Radicue Asso- 
ciation with a file of minutes, representing peace and 
love and desiring correspondence to continue. 

16 — Moved and agreed that the delegates from Radicue be 
received by the Moderator extending the right hand of 
fellowship to the delegates. Elder Willie Wilson came 
forth from the Union Line Association with a file of 
minutes, representing peace and love and desiring cor- 
respondence to continue. 

17 — Moved and agreed that the delegates from Union Line 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the 
right hand of fellowship to the delegates. Elder Frank 
came forth from Correspondence Association with a file 
of minutes representing peace and love and desiring cor- 
respondence to continue. 

18 — Moved and agreed that the delegates from Correspon- 
dence Association be received by the Moderator extending 
the right hand of fellowship to the delegates. Contentnea 
Association was not present. Elder Ceaser Alston came 
forth from Cooper's Grove Association with a file of 
minutes, representing peace and love and desiring cor- 
respondence to continue. 

19 — Moved and agreed that the delegates from Cooper's Grove 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the 
right hand of fellowship to the delegates. 



Elder Dorton came forth from Bethlehem Association 
with a file of minutes, representing peace and love and 
desiring correspondence to continue. 

20 — Moved and agreed that the delegates from Bethlehem 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the 
right hand of fellowship to the delegates. 

21 — Moved and agreed that the correspondence letters be 
called for, there were none. 

22 — Moved and agreed that the petitionary letters be called 
for. There were none. 

23 — Moved and agreed that we will see where the next asso- 
ciation will sit. The next Long Branch Association will 
sit at Tar River Chapel Church in East Tarboro, North 
Carolina, 1952, to begin on Friday before the third Sun- 
day in October 1952. 

24 — Moved and agreed that Elder John Charles preach the 
Introductory Sermon and Elder J. H. Dickens be his 
alternate. 

25 — Moved and agreed that the Long Branch Conference 
adjourn until tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock. 

The Moderator arose and sang Hymn No. 515 and bene- 
diction was by the Moderator. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator. 
BRO. NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk. 



SATURDAY MORNING SESSION 



The Association was called to order by the Moderator 
singing Hymn No. 582 and prayer was offered by Elder Ceaser 
Alston. The Moderator then arose and announced that the 
Association was open for business. 

It was moved and agreed that the list of churches be called 
and all answered present. Moved and agreed that the list of 
delegates be called and all answered present. 

Moved and agreed that Friday evening session of minutes 
be received and all errors be corrected. Moved and agreed that 
the Committee on Arrangements make their report which was 
as follows: Elder Joe Taylor, Elder John Charles, and Elder 



Willie Carney. Moved and agreed that the report of the com- 
mittee be received. Moved and agreed that the association let- 
ter be called for. Moved and agreed that we will take up unfin- 
ished business. Moved and agreed that we get out delegates 
to visit our corresponding associations from place to place. It 
was moved and agreed to send Elder Frank Bell to the Con- 
tentnea Association. It was moved and agreed to send Elder 
John Charles to the Cooper's Grove Association. Moved and 
agreed to send Elder Willie Carney to the Radicue Association. 
Moved and agreed to send Elder J. H. Dickens to the Union 
Line Association. Moved and agreed to send Elder Frank Bell 
to the Corresponding Association. Moved and agreed to send 
Elder J. H. Dickens to the Bethlehem Association. Moved and 
agreed that the association have 250 minutes printed under 
the service of the Moderator and Clerk. Moved and agreed 
that the association take up a contribution. Received from the 
churches : 



Long Branch Church 
Logsboro Church 
Leggett's Chapel Church 
Tar River Chapel Church 
Carson Chapel Church 


$11.45 
12.00 
11.20 
11.40 
11.40 


Total 

Penny collection 
Expenses of Association 

Balance 


$57.45 

63,17 

57.45 

63.17 



Moved and agreed that the Finance Committee make 
their report. Moved and agreed that the Finance Committee 
report be received. Moved and agreed that the old treasurer 
make her report. Moved and agreed that the report of the old 
treasurer be received. Moved and agreed that the rules of the 
Decorum and the Church government abstracts and principles 
be printed in the 1951 minutes. Moved and agreed that the 
Finance Committee pay off the indebtedness of the Associa- 
tion. It was moved and agreed that if there be no further 
business the Association would adjourn until 1952. The Mod- 
erator arose and sang Hymn No. 507 and the benediction was 
given by the moderator. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
BRO. NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk. 

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SATURDAY EVENING 



The Moderator arose and sang Hymn No. 380 and Elder 
W. M. Weaver offered prayer. Elder B. B. Exum arose and 
preached a wonderful sermon. Elder W. M. Weaver arose and 
sang Hymn No. 144 and preached a wonderful sermon. Elder 
W. J. Moore arose and sang Hymn No. 616 and preached from 
the 16th Chapter of St. John, down to the 4th verse. Elder 
Leany Hill arose and sang Hymn No. 363 and preached from 
the 6th Chapter of Isaiah and 1st verse. Elder J. H. Dickens 
arose and sang Hymn No. 201 and closed. Benediction was by 
the Moderator. 



SUNDAY MORNING 

Ministers' Texts 

The meeting was open by Elder Dalton. He arose and sang 
Hymn No. 200 and read the 15th Chapter of St. John down 
to the 9th verse. Then the Moderator arose and sang Hymn 
No. 382, led in prayer by Elder Willie Carney. Then he arose 
and preached from the 15th Chapter of St. John. Elder Colley 
arose and sang Hymn No. 433 and preached from the 1st 
Chapter of St. John and 1st verse. Elder Dalton arose and 
sang Hymn No. 626 and preached a wonderful sermon. Elder 
Ceaser Alston arose and sang Hymn No. 353 and preached 
from the 15th Chapter of St. John and the 5th verse. 

Elder Joe Taylor arose and sang Hymn No. 393 and 
preached from the 15th Chapter of St. John and the 14th 
verse. Elder Russell Carrett arose and sang Hymn No-. 364 
and preached from the 5th Chapter of Isaiah. Elder W. M. 
Weaver arose and sang Hymn No. 674 and preached a won- 
derful sermon. Elder Luther Hyman arose and preached a 
wonderful sermon. Elder John Winston arose and sang Hymn 
No. 400 and preached from St. Matthew. Elder J. W. Moore 
arose and sang Hymn No. 189 and preached a wonderful ser- 
mon. Elder B. B. Exum arose and sang Hymn No. 68 and 
preached from St. Matthew, 2nd Chapter. Elder J. H. Dickens 
arose and spoke a few words of encouragement, and sang 
Hymn No. 284 and the Association was dismissed by Elder 
W. J. Moore. 



ORDAINED ELDERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder Frank Bell, Oak City, North Carolina. 
Elder Willie Carney, Hobgood, North Carolina. 
Elder J. H. Dickens, Tarboro, North Carolina. 
Elder John Charles, Tarboro, North Carolina. 

CIRCULAR LETTER 

This is the Fourth Annual Session of the Long Branch 
Primitive Baptist Association, held with Leggett's Chapel 
Church in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. It began on 
Friday before the third Sunday in October, 1951. 

Dear Brethren: 

The Lord has blessed us to meet again from North, South, 
East and West. We are thankful of our Heavenly Father for 
preserving our lives. Oh, how good it is for brethren to dwell 
together in peace. God has commanded us to stand fast in 
liberty which Christ has made us free. Let us serve God with 
Godly fear and pray that the word of God may have it free 
course and all we do be done in the glory of God. 

CORRESPONDING LETTER 

To Whom It May Concern: 

The beginning of our Fourth Annual Session of the Long 
Branch Primitive Baptist Association has filled our hearts 
with gladness. We are glad to express our heartfelt thanks to 
God who rules both time and season, heaven and earth, since 
meeting together in our annual session. Many of our friends 
have gone to their long eternal home and to us who have been 
spared the journey we mourn them. So brethren, let us try to 
keep our hearts engaged in the wonderful work of the Lord 
and the shortness of time and the length of eternity. Knowing 
the time that knows us now will know us no more. Brethren, 
remember us in your prayers that the Chief Shepherd will 
cause our correspondence to continue until traveling days are 
done. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
BRO. NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk. 

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DEACONS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Bro. Mack Dickens, Tarboro, North Carolina. 
Bro. Osten Higgs, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. 
Bro. George Wimbley, Greenville, North Carolina. 
Bro. Jonah Knight, Tarboro, North Carolina. 
Bro. Tom Loyd, Bethel, North Carolina. 

CLERKS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Sister Sylvia S. Bryant, Speed, North Carolina. 
Bro. Norfleet Carney, Hobgood, North Carolina, R. F. D. 1, 
Box 140A. 

Sister Mary E. Knight, Tarboro, North Carolina. 

CHURCHES PASTORS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Elder J. H. Dickens, Tarboro, N. C. 
Logsboro — Elder J. H. Dickens, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggett Chapel — Elder J. H. Dickens, Tarboro, N. C. 
Tar River Chapel — Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Carson Chapel — Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES AND THEIR DEACONS 

Long Branch — Bro. George Wimberley. 
Logsboro — Bro. Mack Dickens. 

Leggett Chapel — Bro. Osten Higgs and Bro. George Wim- 
bley. 

Tar River Chapel — Bro. Jonah Knight. 
Carson Chapel — Bro. Tom Loyd. 

CLERKS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Norfleet Carney, Hobgood, N. C, Rt. 1, 
Box 140A. 

Logsboro — Sister Sylvia S. Bryant, Speed, N. C. 

Leggett Chapel — Norfleet Carney, Hobgood, N. C, Rt. 1, 
Box 140A. 

Tar River — Sister Mary E. Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

Carson Chapel — Sister Mary E. Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

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SABBATH MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — Third Sunday and Saturday before. 
Logsboro — Fourth Sunday and Saturday before. 
Leggett Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Tar River Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Carson Chapel — Second Sunday and Saturday before. 

QUARTERLY MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — February, May, August, November. 
Logsboro — February, May, August, November. 
Leggetts Chapel — February, May, August, November. 
Tar River Chapel — March, June, September, December. 
Carson Chapel — February, May, August, November. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in one true and living God; the Father, the Son, 
and the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are 
the words of God and the only faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of man's impotency to recover him- 
self from the fallen state he is in by nature of his own free will and 
ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
by reputed righteousness in Christ. 

5. We believe that God's elect shall be called, converted, and sanc- 
tified by the Holy Ghost. 

6. We believe in the doctrine of eternal, particular election. 

7. We believe that the Saints shall be preserved in grace and 
never finally fail. 

8. We believe that Baptist, the Lord's Supper and washing of the 
Saints feet are ordinances and the true mode of Baptism is by immer- 
sion. 

9. We believe in the resurrection of the dead. We believe that the 
punishment of the wicked will be everlasting and the joys of the righteous 
shall be eternal. 

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10. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinance of Baptism and the Lord's Supper, except such as are regu- 
larly ordained presbytery. 

ELDER JAMES H. DICKENS, Moderator 
BROTHER NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk 

RULES OF DECORUM 



1. Each church agrees to hold conferences once a month. 

2. The Moderator and Clerk should be chosen by the majority of 
the delegates present. 

3. Conference shall be opened by praise or prayer. 

4. The door of the church shall be opened for reception of mem- 
bers of fellowship. 

5. The state and standing of the church shall be inquired into. 

6. No member shall leave the conference without permission of 
the Moderator. 

7. The minority shall submit to the majority in all cases except 
receiving members to fellowship and to office. This shall be unanimous. 

8. Any business brought up in the church shall be read three 
times before acted upon. 

9. We agree that if any member shall violate these rules, such 
members will be dealt with according to the gospel order. 

10. We agree to commune four times a year when all is well. 

11. We agree to wash feet four times a year at each church. 

12. No member shall have any right to contract any business of 
the church without the liberty to do so. 

13. If any member of the church becomes dissatisfied with the 
rules of the church they shall be excluded from fellowship until they 
can give satisfaction and then be restored. 

14. If any member shall wilfully absent himself from communion, 
he shall make his reason known to the church. 

15. If any member violates any of these he shall be brought to 
trial. He must be tried by his own church. 

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16. If any minister, deacon, or clerk transgresses these rules, the 
church shall have power to call help from other churches to aid in 
settling it. 

17. We agree not to commune with any persons unless they are 
baptized in our faith and order. 

18. We agree to commune with predestination Baptists who are 
in good standing. 

19. If any member sees another transgressing the rules of the 
church and does not bring it to the church after applying the 18th Chap- 
ter of Matthew, they are liable to be tried before the church themselves. 
Each church shall have a Moderator and be governed by the voice of 
the members. 

20. No exhorting minister shall be admitted to the stand only by 
preaching his Trial Sermon in a union of association. 

21. No ordination shall be done only in union or in association. 

22. No traffic or trade shall be carried on within 150 yards of the 
church grounds. 

23. No minister or member shall have a right to carry any of the 
corresponding association property to any other association. 

24. No members who have been withdrawn from fellowship will 
be allowed to come into the association. He first shall get the right of 
his home church. The Long Branch Association was organized July 31st, 
1948, by the corresponding association and the assistant of the Bethle- 
hem and Radicue Associations. 

On August 23, 1948, the Board of Brethren, met at Johnson Chapel 
Church in reorganizing council with the corresponding brethren and the 
Long Branch brethren. First Brother Deacon Joyner sang Hymn No. 533 
and offered prayer. Then, on motion, agreed that Elder B. B. Exum be 
Moderator of Council. The house was announced in order for business. 
On motion it was agreed that Elder S. T. Woodard be chosen for clerk. 
On motion, it was agreed that visiting brethren and messengers take a 
seat with us and feel themselves at home. 

Next, Brother Deacon Wimberley came forth and explained how the 
organizing of the Long Branch Association was carried out. Next, Elder 
B. B. Exum came forth and explained what this called meeting was for. 
Next, Elder W. J. Moore and Elder J. H. Winston came forth to talk 
on the meeting. On motion that minutes of the previous meeting be 
read, it was granted. On motion agreed that Elder B. B. Exum came 

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forth and confess his error and beg the conference to forgive him. On 
motion, agreed that it be granted. On motion agreed that the Long 
Branch brethren be left in care of the corresponding association until 
their session meeting Friday before the third Sunday in October, 1948. 
On motion that the Long Branch brethren be in full fellowship with our 
corresponding churches wherever they be. 

On motion, agreed that the clerk will take these minutes home and 
straighten them out as best he can and mail them to the different 
brethren. 

It was granted. 

On motion that the minutes, of the previous meeting, which they 
held, be received. It was granted by conference. 

On motion, agreed if no other business, conference adjourn by sing- 
ing Hymn No. 507. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
BRO. NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk 



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Minutes I 

— of the — 
Seventh Annual Session 

— of the — 

LONG BRANCH 

Primitive Baptist Association 

— held with — 

Logsboro Church 

EDGECOMBE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 
Friday before the Third Sunday In October, 

1954 



The next session of this Association will convene with 
Leggett Chapel Church in Leggett, Edgecombe County, 
North Carolina, beginning Friday before the Third Sunday 

in October, 1955. ' 



— Officers — 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS Moderator 

BROTHER NORFLEET CARNEY Clerk 

BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT Assistant Clerk 



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Proceedings 

OCTOBER 15, Friday Morning Session. 

The Moderator arose and sang hymn 382, and Brother George 
Dickens led in prayer. Then the Moderator arose and read for 
his morning lesson John 14. Elder J. H. Dickens arose and 
sang hymn 533, and preached the Introductory Sermon from 
John 14. Elder John Charles arose and sang hymn 3, and 
preached the alternate sermon from the same chapter. Elder 
J. H. Dickens arose and sang hymn 2, and the session closed 
for one hour. 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Elder J. H. Dickens arose and opened by singing hymn 582, 
and prayer was offered by Brother Shipp. The Moderator arose 
and announced the house in order for any business. 

1. Moved and agreed that Elder J. H. Dickens be Moderator 
of our Association conference. 

2. Moved and agreed that Brother George hold his same office. 

3. Moved and agreed that all officers remain the same. 

4. Moved and agreed that all delegates and messengers be 
invited to sit with us and take a part in our conference and feel 
themselves at home. 

5. Moved and agreed that visiting brothers and sisters are 
invited to sit with us and help us out in our deliberations and 
feel themselves at home. 

6. Moved and agreed that Brother Travis Knight be our 
assistant Clerk. 

7. Moved and agreed that the list of churches be called : 

Leggett Chapel, Logsboro, Long Branch, Tar River Chapel, 
Carson Chapel, and Little Mount Zion. All answered present. 

8. Moved and agreed that a door be opened for receiving new 
churches. None came. 

9. Moved and agreed that a Committee of three be appointed 
to arrange preaching during the session. They were as follows : 

Elder John Charles, Brother Sam Bryant, and Resion Lloyd. 

10. Moved and agreed that the report of the Committee be 



received. 

11. Moved and agreed that we will send someone to the stand 
to preach for the people : 

12. Brother Jenel Dickens, Elder John Pitt, Elder Joe Taylor. 

13. Moved and agreed that the report of the Committee be 
received. 

14. Moved and agreed that Brother Resion Lloyd go to the 
stand and record the preachers' texts from day to day. 

15. Moved and agreed that the delegates from the sister 
Associations with whom we correspond now make their report : 

Elder H. G. Gardner came forth from Corresponding Associa- 
tion with a file of Minutes, representing peace and love, and 
desiring correspondence to continue. 

16. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Correspond- 
ing Associations be received by the Moderator extending the 
right hand of fellowship to the delegates. 

Elder Joe Taylor came forth from Radicue Association with 
a file of Minutes, representing peace and love, and desiring 
correspondence to continue. 

17. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Radicue be 
received by the Moderator extending the right hand of fllowship 
to the delegates. 

Brother Ricks came forth from Union Line Association with 
a file of Minutes, representing peace and love, and desiring 
correspondence to continue. 

18. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Union Line 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegates. 

Elder John Pitt came forth from Bethlehem Association with 
a file of Minutes, representing peace and love, and desiring 
correspondence to continue. 

19. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Bethlehem As- 
sociation be received by the Moderator extending the right hand 
of fellowship to the delegates. 

Elder Cecil Alston came forth from Cooper Grove Association 
with a file of Minutes, representing peace and love, and desiring 
correspondence to continue. 

20. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Cooper Grove 

(2) 



Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegates. 

Contsntnea was not represented. 

Elder H. Araford came forth from Loving Association with 
a file of Minutes representing peace and love and desiring cor- 
respondence to continue. 

21. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Loving Assoc- 
iation be received by the Moderator extending the right hand 
of fellowship to the delegates. 

22. Moved and agreed that the corresponding letters be called 
for. There were none. 

23. Moved and agreed the petitionary letters be called for. 
None received. 

24. Moved and agreed that we will see where the next session 
of our Association will meet. The Long Branch Association will 
convene with Leggett Chapel Church, in Edgecombe County, be- 
ginning on Friday before the third Sunday in October, 1955. 

25. Moved and agreed that Elder J. H. Dickens preach the 
Introductory Sermon and Elder John Charles be his alternate. 

26. Moved and agreed that the Long Branch conference ad- 
journ until tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock. The Moderator arose 
and sang hymn 400 and benediction was by Elder Joe Taylor. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator, 
BROTHER NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT Ast. Clerk 

SATURDAY MORNING SESSION. 

The Association was called to order by the Moderator singing 
hymn 393, and prayer was offered by Brother Joe Joyner. The 
Moderator then arose and announced that the Association was 
open for business. 

27. It was moved and agreed that the list of the churches be 
called. All answered present. 

28. Moved and agreed that the Minutes of the Friday evening 
session be received and all errors corrected. 

29. Moved and agreed that the Committee on Arrangements 
make their report which was as follows : Brother Jenel Dickens, 

(3) 



Elder John Pitt and Elder Joe Taylor, and as many more as 
the Moderator sees fit. 

30. Moved and agreed that the report of the Committee be 
received. 

31. Moved and agreed the Association Letter be called for. 

32. Moved and agreed that we take up unfinished business. 

33. Moved and agreed that we choose our delegates to visit 
corresponding Associations. It was moved and agreed to send 
the delegates as follows : 

Contentnea : Elder J. H. Dickens. 
Cooper Grove : Elder John Charles. 
Radicue : Elder J. H. Dickens. 
Loving : Elder J. H. Dickens. 
Union Line : Elder John Charles. 
Bethlehem: Brother George Wemberly. 
Corresponding: Brother Jenel Dickens. 

34. Moved and agreed that the Clerk have 250 copies of these 
Minutes printed under the supervision of the Moderator. 

35. Moved and agreed the Association take up a contribution. 

Received from the churches : 

Long Branch Church $ 15.00 

Logsboro Church 15.00 

Leggett Chapel Church 15.00 

Tar River Chapel Church 15.00 

Carson Chapel Church 15.00 

Little Mount Zion Church 17.00 

Total $92.00 $92.00 

Penny Collection $241.94 

Expenses of the Association 123.17 

Balance 118.77 

36. Moved and agreed that the Finance Committee make their 
report. 

37. Moved and agreed that the Financial report be received. 

38. Moved and agreed that the old Treasurer make his report. 

39. Moved and agreed that the report be received. 

40. Moved and agreed that the Rules of Decorum and the 

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Church Government and Abstract of Principles be printed in 
the Minutes for 1955. 

41. Moved and agreed that the Finance Committee pay off 
the indebtedness of the Association. 

42. Moved and agreed that the Association will ordain Brother 
Joe Willis Dickens tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock. 

43. It was moved and agreed that if there be no further busi- 
ness, the Association will adjourn until 1955. The Moderator 
arose and sang hymn 507 and the benediction was given by the 
Moderator. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator, 
BROTHER NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Ass't. C. 

SATURDAY EVENING. 

Elder John Charles arose and sang hymn 3, and Brother Joe 
Joiner offered prayer; then Brother Jenel Dickens arose and 
preached from John 15. Brother Joe Willis Dickens arose and 
preached John 15. Elder John Pitt preached from Gen. 1. Eld- 
er Joe Taylor preached from John 14. Elder John Charles 
sang hymn 200 and closed the union. 

SATURDAY NIGHT. 

Brother Ricks sang hymn 353 and Brother Ransom Lloyd of- 
fered prayer. The Moderator read for his lesson John 14. Bro. 
Ransom Lloyd preached from John 14. Brother Jenel Dickens 
preached from John 15 :14. Brother Joe Willis Dickens preached 
from John 11. Elder Sylvanus Worsley sang hymn 73 and 
preached from John 11. Elder J. H. Dickens made a few re- 
marks of encouragement and sang hymn 616 and closed. 

SUNDAY MORNING. 

Ministers' texts, and the ordination of Brother Joe Willis 
Dickens. The Moderator sang hymn No. 2 and prayer was 
offered by Elder Willie Carney. The Moderator read Matt. 
25 :14 and ordained Brother Joe Willis Dickens. Then the 
Moderator sang hymn 188 and prayer was offered by Brother 
George Wemberly. The Moderator read Matt. 26 :12. Then 
Elder Joe Willis Dickens arose and preached from Matt. 25. 

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Elder John Pitt arose and preached, In the beginning was the 
"Word, and the Word was God. Elder Joe Tajdor sang hymn 
144 and preached a wonderful sermon. Elder Cecil Alston 
sang hymn 353 and preached from John 14. Elder H. Umford 
arose and preached a wonderful sermon. Elder Charles Powell 
sang hymn 492 and preached from Psa. 105. Elder Frank Gear 
preached a wonderful sermon. Elder Johnnie Morning sang 
hymn 91 and preached a wonderful sermon. Elder Woodfin 
sang hymn 3 and preached a wonderful sermon. Elder Levy 
Hill sang hymn 284 and preached a wonderful sermon. Elder 
J. H. Dickens arose and made a few remarks of encouragement 
and sang hymn 400 and the Association was dismissed by Elder 
Levy Hill. 



CIRCULAR LETTER 



This is the Seventh Annual Session of the Long Branch 
Primitive Baptist Association held with Logsboro Church in 
Edgecombe County, North Carolina, beginning on Friday before 
the third Sunday in October, 1954. 

Dear brethren : — The Lord has blessed us to meet from north, 
south, east and west. We are thankful to our heavenly Father 
for preserving our lives. Oh how good it is for brethren to 
dwell together in peace. God has commanded us to stand fast 
in the liberty with which Christ has made us free. Let us serve 
God with godly fear and pray that the word of God may have 
its free course and all we do be done in the glory of God. 

CORRESPONDING LETTER 

To whom it may concern : 

The beginning of the Seventh Annual Session of the Long 
Branch Primitive Baptist Association has filled our hearts 
with gladness. We are glad to express our heartfelt thanks to 
God who rules both time and season, heaven and earth, since 
meeting together in our annual session. Many of our friends 

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have gone to their long eternal home and to us who have been 
spared the journey we mourn them. So brethren, let us try to 
keep our hearts engaged in the wonderful work of the Lord 
and the shortness of time and the length of eternity. Knowing 
the time that knows us now will know us no more. Brethren, 
remember us in your prayers that the chief Shepherd will 
cause our correspondence to continue until traveling days are 
done. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator, 
BROTHER NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk, 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Ass't. Clerk. 



ORDAINED ELDERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder Frank Bell, Oak City, N. C, R. F. D. 1 

Elder Willie Carney, R. F. D. 1, Hobgood, N. C. 

Elder J. H. Dickens, R. F. D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 

Elder Trent Lloyd, Speed, N. C. 

Elder Joe Willis Dickens, Rt. 2, Tarboro, N. C. 

DEACONS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Bro. Mack Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. Austin Higgs, Rocky Mount, N. C. 

Bro. George Wimberly, R.F.D. 4, Greenville, N. C. 

Bro. Jonah Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. Tom Loyd, Bethel, N. C. 

Brother Jack Sherrod, Hobgood, N. C. 

CLERKS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Sister Sylvia S. Bryant, Speed, N. C. 

Bro. Norfleet Carney, R.F.D. 3, Box 228A, Tarboro, N. C. 

Sister Mary L. Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

Sister Laller Lloyd, Speed, N. C. 

CHURCHES, PASTORS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Logsboro — Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggett Chapel — Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Tar River Chapel — Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Carson Chapel — Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion — Elder Trent Lloyd, Spped, N. C. 

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CHURCHES AND THEIR DEACONS 

Long Branch — Bro. George Wimberly 

Logsboro — Bro. Mack Dickens 

Leggett Chapel — Bros. Austin Higgs and George Wimberly 

Tar River Chapel — Bro. Jonah Knight 

Carson Chapel — Bro. Tom Loyd 

Little Mount Zion — Brother Jack Sherrod 

CLERKS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Xorfleet Carney, Rt. 3, Box 228A, Tarboro, N. C. 

Logsboro — Sister Sylvia S. Bryant, Speed, N. C. 

Leggett Chapel — Norfleet Carney, Rt. 3, Box 228A, Tarboro, N. C. 

Tar River — Sister Mary E. Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

Carson Chapel — Sister Mary E. Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

Little Mount Zion — Sister Laller Lloyd, Speed, N. C. 

SABBATH MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — Third Sunday and Saturday before. 
Logsboro — Fourth Sunday and Saturday before. 
Leggett Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Tar River Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Carson Chapel — Second Sunday and Saturday before. 
Little Mount Zion — Second Sunday and Saturday before. 

QUARTERLY MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — February, May, August, November. 
Logsboro — February, May, August, November. 
Leggett Chapel — February, May, August, November. 
Tar River Chapel — March, June, September, December. 
Carson Chapel — February, May, August, November. 
Little Mount Zion — February, May, August, November. 

ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in one true and living God; the Father, the Son, and 
the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are 
the words of God and the only faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of man's impotency to recover him- 
self from the fallen state he is in by nature of his own free will and 
ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
by reputed righteousness in Christ. 

5. We believe that God's elect shall be called, converted, and sanc- 
tified by the Holy Ghost. 

6. We believe in the doctrine of eternal, particular election. 

7. We believe that the saints shall be preserved in grace and never 
finally fall. 

8. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and washing of the 
saints' feet are ordinances and the true mode of baptism is by immer- 
sion. 

9. We believe in the resurrection of the dead. We believe that the 
punishment of the wicked will be everlasting and the joys of righteous 
shall be eternal. 

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10. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinance of baptism and the Lord's Supper, except such as are regu- 
larly ordained presbytery. 

ELDER JAMES H. DICKENS, Moderator 
BROTHER NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Assistant Clerk 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each church agrees to hold conferences once a month. 

2. The Moderator and Clerk should be chosen by the majority of 
the delegates present. 

3. Conference shall be opened by praise or prayer. 

4. The door of the church shall be opened for reception of members 
of fellowship. 

5. The state and standing of the church shall be inquired into. 

6. No member shall leave the conference without permission of the 
Moderator. 

7. The minority shall submit to the majority in all cases except 
receiving members to fellowship and to office. This shall be unanimous. 

8. Any business brought up in the church shall be read three times 
before acted upon. 

9. We agree that if any member shall violate these rules, such 
members will be dealt with according to the gospel order. 

10. We agree to commune four times a year when all is well. 

11. We agree to wash feet four times a year at each church. 

12. No member shall have any right to contract any business of the 
church without the liberty to do so. 

13. If any member of the church becomes dissatisfied with the rules 
of the church they shall be excluded from fellowship until they can give 
satisfaction and then be restored. 

14. If any member shall wilfully absent himself from communion, he 
shall make his reason known to the church. 

15. If any member violates any of these he shall be brought to trial. 
He must be tried by his own church. 

16. If any minister, deacon, or clerk transgresses these rules, the 
church shall have power to call help from other churches to aid in 
settling it. 

17. We agree not to commune with any persons unless they are 
baptized in our faith and order. 

18. We agree to commune with predestinarian Baptists who are in 
good standing. 

19. If any member sees another transgressing the rules of the 
church and does not bring it to the church after applying the 18th 
Chapter of Matthew, they are liable to be tried before the church them- 
selves. Each church shall have a Moderator and be governed by the voice 
of the members. 

20. No exhorting minister shall be admitted to the stand only by 
preaching his Trial Sermon in a union or association. 

21. No ordination shall be done only in union or in association. 

22. No traffic or trade shall be carried on within 150 yards of the 
church grounds. 

23. No minister or member shall have a right to carry any of the 
corresponding association property to any other association. 

24. No members who have been withdrawn from fellowship will be 
allowed to come into the Association. He first shall get the right of his 

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home church. The Long Branch Association was organized July 31st,. 
1948, by the corresponding association and the assistance of the Beth- 
lehem and Radicue Associations. 

On August 23, 1948, the Board of Brethren met at Johnson Chapel 
Church in reorganizing council with the corresponding brethren and the 
Long Branch brethren. First Brother Deacon Joyner sang hymn 533 
and offered prayer. Then, on motion, agreed that Elder B. B. Exum 
be Moderator of Council. The house was announced in order for 
business. On motion it was agreed that Elder S. T. Woodard be chosen 
for clerk. On motion, it was agreed that visiting brethren and messen- 
gers take a seat with us and feel themselves at home. 

Next, Brother Deacon Wimberly came forth and explained how the 
organizing of the Long Branch Association was carried out. Next, Elder 
B. B. Exum came forth and explained what this called meeting was for. 
Next, Elder W. J. Moore and Elder J. H. Winstead came forth to talk 
on the meeting. On motion that minutes of the previous meeting be 
read, it was granted. On motion agreed that Elder B. B. Exum come 
forth and confess his error and beg the conference to forgive him. On 
motion, agreed that it be granted. On motion agreed that the Long 
Branch brethren be left in care of the corresponding association until 
their session meeting Friday before the third Sunday in October, 1948. 
On motion that the Long Branch brethren be in full fellowship with our 
corresponding churches wherever they be. 

On motion, agreed that the clerk will take these minutes home and 
straighten them out as best he can and mail them to the different 
brethren. 

It was granted. 

On motion that the minutes of the previous meeting, which they 
held, be received. It was granted by conference. 

On motion, agreed if no other business, conference adjourn by 
singing hymn 507. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
BROTHER NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Assistant Clerk 



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Minutes 

OF THE 

Eighth 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

LONG BRANCH 

Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

LEGGETT CHAPEL CHURCH 

EDGECOMBE COUNTY, N. C. 

FRIDAY BEFORE THE THIRD SUNDAY 

IN OCTOBER, 

1955 



The next session of this Association will convene with 
Tar River Chapel Church in Tarboro, Edgecombe County, 
North Carolina, beginning Friday before the third Sunday 
in October, 1956. 

OFFICERS 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS Moderator 

BROTHER NORFLEET CARNEY Clerk 

BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT Assistant Clerk 



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Proceedings 

FRIDAY MORNING SESSION, October 14, 1955. 

The Moderator arose and sang hymn 73 and read for his 
morning lesson John 14, and Brother George Wimbley led in 
prayer. Then Elder J. H. Dickens, who was chosen to preach 
the Introductory Sermon, arose and preached from John 14. 
Then Elder John Charles sang hymn 3 and preached the alter- 
nate sermon from the same chapter. Elder Joe Taylor sang 
hymn 144 and preached from the same text, then Elder J. H. 
Dickens sang hymn 582 and closed for one hour. 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON SESSION : 

Brother George Wimbley opened by singing hymn 141 and 
offered prayer. The Moderator announced the house in order 
for any business. 

1. Moved and agreed that Elder J. H. Dickens be the Moder- 
ator of our Association for this twelve months. 

2. Moved and agreed that all officers remain the same. 

3. Moved and agreed that all delegates and messengers be 
invited to sit with us and take a part in our conference and feel 
themselves at home. 

4. Moved and agreed that visiting brothers and sisters are 
invited to sit with us and help us out in our deliberations and 
feel themselves at home. 

5. Moved and agreed that Brother Travis Knight be our 
Assistant Clerk. 

6. Moved and agreed that the list of churches be called. 
Long Branch, Logsboro, Leggett Chapel, Tar River Chapel, 

Carson Chapel, Little Mount Zion, all answered present. 

7. Moved and agreed that a door be opened for receiving new 
churches. None came. 

8. Moved and agreed that a Committee of three be appointed ' 
to arrange preaching during the session. They were as follows : 
Elder John Charles, Brother Resion Lloyd, and Brother Joiner 
Knight. 



Finance Committee as follows : Brother Tom Maggin, Elder 
Joe Taylor, Elder W. M. Weaver. 

9. Moved and agreed that the report of the Committee be 
received. 

10. Moved and agreed that Brother Resion Lloyd go to the 
stand and record the preachers' texts from day to day. 

11. Moved and agreed that the delegates from the sister As- 
sociations with whom we correspond now make their report. 
Elder B. B. Exum came forth from Corresponding Association 
with a file of Minutes representing peace and love and desiring 
correspondence to continue. 

12. Moved and agreed that the delegates from corresponding 
Associations be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegates. Brother Willie Bullock 
came forth from Radicue Association with file of Minutes rep- 
resenting peace and love and desiring correspondence to con- 
tinue. 

13. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Radicue As- 
sociation be received by the Moderator extending the right hand 
of fellowship to the delegates. Brother Ben Sharp came forth 
from Union Line Association with a file of Minutes represent- 
ing peace and love and desiring correspondence to continue. 

14. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Union Line 
be received by the Moderator extending the right hand of fellow- 
ship to the delegates. Brother Ruffin Hyman came forth from 
Bethlehem Association with a file of Minutes representing peace 
and love and desiring correspondence to continue. 

15. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Bethlehem 
be received by the Moderator extending the right hand of fell- 
owship to the delegates. Elder W. B. Enoch came forth from 
Cooper Grove Association with a file of Minutes representing 
peace and love and desiring correspondence to continue. 

16. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Cooper Grove 
be received by the Moderator extending the right hand of fellow- 
ship to the delegates. Elder Jamie Bunch came forth from 
Contentnea Association with a file of minutes, representing 
peace and love and desiring correspondence to continue. 

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17. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Contentnea 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegates. Brother Willie Perry came 
forth from Loving Association with a file of minutes represent- 
ing peace and love and desiring correspondence to continue. 

18. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Loving Associa- 
tion be received by the Moderator extending the right hand 
of fellowship to the delegates. 

19. Moved and agreed that the corresponding letters be called 
for. There were none. 

20. Moved and agreed that the petitionary letters be called 
fo;\ None received. 

21. Moved and agreed that we will see where the next session 
of our Association will meet. The Long Branch Association will 
convene with Tar River Chapel Church in Tarboro, North Caro- 
lina, Edgecombe County, beginning on Friday before the third 
Sunday in October, 1956. 

22. Moved and agreed that Elder John Charles preach the 
Introductory Sermon and Elder J. H. Dickens be his alternate. 

23. Moved and agreed that the Long Branch conference ad- 
journ until tomorrow morning at 9:00 o'clock. The Moderotor 
arose and sang hymn 507 and benediction was by Elder J. H. 
Dickens. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
BRO. NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk 
BRO. TRAVIS KNIGHT, Ass't. Clerk 

SATURDAY MORNING SESSION. 

The Association was called to order by Brother George Wimb- 
ley, with hymn 400, and prayer was offered by Brother Ruffin 
Hyman. The Moderator then arose and announced that the 
Association was open for business. 

24. It was moved and agreed that the list of the churches be 
called. All answered present. 

25. Moved and agreed that the minutes of Friday evening's 
session be read and approved. 

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26. Moved and agreed that the Friday evening session be 
received and all errors corrected. 

27. Moved and agreed that the Committee on Arrangements 
make their report which was as follows : Brother Resion Lloyd, 
Brother Ruffin Hyman and Elder Dewey Battle and as many 
more as the Moderator sees fit. 

28. Moved and agreed that the report of the Committee be 
received. 

29. Moved and agreed that the Association Letter be called 
for. 

30. Moved and agreed that we take up unfinished business. 

31. Moved and agreed that we choose our delegates to visit 
corresponding associations. It was moved and agreed to send the 
delegates as follows : 

Contentnea : Elder Joe Willie Dickens 
Cooper Grove : Elder J. H. Dickens. 
Radicue : Brother Resion Lloyd. 
Loving : Elder John Charles. 
Union Line : Brother Jerrel Dickens. 
Bethlehem : Elder Joe Willie Dickens. 
Corresponding: Elder John Charles. 

Moved and agreed that the Clerk have 250 copies of these 
minutes printed under the supervision of the Moderator. 

33. Moved and agreed the Association take up a contribution. 

Received from the churches U $ 91.00 

Penny collection 298.38 

Expenses of the Association 193.38 

Balance $105.00 

34. Moved and agreed that the Finance Committee make their 
report. 

35. Moved and agreed that the Finance report be received. 

36. Moved and agreed that the old treasurer make his report. 

37. Moved and agreed that the report be received. 

38. Moved and agreed that the Rules of Decorum and the 
Church Government and Abstract of Principles be printed in 
the Minutes for 1956. 

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39. Moved and agreed that the Finance Committee pay off 
the indebetedness of the Association. 

40. Moved and agreed that the Association will adjourn 
until 1956. The Moderator arose and sang hymn 629 and the 
benediction was given by the Moderator. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
BRO. NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk 
BRO. TRAVIS KNIGHT, Ass't. Clerk 

SATURDAY EVENING. 

Brother George Wimberly arose and sang hymn 400 and 
Brother Ruffin Hyman offered prayer. Then Brother Resion 
Lloyd sang hymn 201, arose and preached from Gen. 1. Bro- 
ther Ruffin sang hymn, arose and preached Gen. 1. Elder 
Dossey Battle arose, sang hymn 76, and preached John 1. Elder 
Sylvalia Worsley arose and preached John 2. Elder B. N. 
Ward arose and sang hymn 380, and preached from Matt. 25. 
Elder Steven Woodard arose and sang hymn 72 and preached 
from Romans 8. Elder J. H. Dickens arose and sang hymn 285 
and closed the union. 

SATURDAY NIGHT. 

Brother George Wimberly arose and sang hymn 400 and 
Brother Willie Staton offered prayer. Brother Frank Gear 
arose and preached from John 1. Elder Amos Runford arose 
and sang hymn 188 and preached from John 9. Elder W: 
Enoch arose and preached a wonderful text. Brother Jenel 
Dickens arose and sang hymn 345 and preached from St. John 
14. Brother Willie Bullock arose and preached from St. John 
14. Brother Ruffin Hyman arose and preached from Gen. 1. 
Elder Joe Willie Dickens arose and preached from St. John 
1. Elder Charlie M. Bullock arose and preached from John 
1. Elder Sylvalia Worsley arose and preached a wonderful 
sermon. Elder Jonah Bunch arose and preached from John 
15 :14. Elder J. H. Dickens arose and made a few remark!? 
of encouragement and sang hymn 582 and closed. ' - 

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SUNDAY MORNING. 

Brother George Wimberly arose and sang hymn 141 and 
prayer was offered by Brother David Mayor. Then Elder 
W. Weaver arose and read for his morning lesson, John 8 :28. 
Then Brother Willie Bullock arose and sang hymn 353 and 
preached a wonderful text. Then Brother Ruffin Hyman 
arose and preached a wonderful text. Brother Jonah Bunch 
arose and preached a wonderful text. Then Elder Willie Carney 
arose and preached a wonderful text. Then Elder W. B. 
Enoch arose and preached a wonderful text. Elder John Charles 
preached a wonderful text, and Elder Amos Unford arose and 
preached from Matt. 25. Elder B. B. Exum arose and preached 
from St. John 14. Then Elder J. H. Dickens arose and made 
a few remarks of encouragement and sang hymn 2 and the 
Association was dismissed by Elder John Charles. 



CIRCULAR LETTER 

This is the Eighth Annual Session of the Loiig Branch Primi- 
tive Baptist Association held with Leggett Chapel Church in 
Edgecombe County, North Carolina, beginning on Friday before 
the third Sunday in October, 1955. 

Dear brethren : The Lord has blessed us to meet from north, 
south, east and west. We are thankful to our heavenly Father 
for preserving our lives. Oh, how good it is for brethren to 
dwell together in peace. God has commanded us to stand fast 
in the liberty with which Christ has made us free. Let us serve 
God with godly fear, and pray that the word of God may have 
its free course and all we do be done in the glory of God. 



CORRESPONDING LETTER 

To whom it may concern : 

The beginning of the Eighth Annual Session of the Long 
Branch Primitive Baptist Association has filled our hearts with 
gladness. We are glad to express our heart-felt thanks to God 
Avho rules both time and season, heaven and earth. 

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Since meeting together in our annual session, many of our 
friends have gone to their long awaited home and to us who 
have been spared the journey, we mourn them. So Brethren, 
let us try to keep our hearts employed in the wonderful work 
of the Lord and the shortness of time and the length of eternity, 
knowing the time that knows us now will know us no more. 
Brethren, remember us in your prayers, that the Chief Shepherd 
will cause our correspondence to continue until traveling days 
are done. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
BRO. NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk 
BRO. TRAVIS KNIGHT, Ass't. Clerk 

ORDAINED ELDERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder J. H. Dickens, R. F. D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 

Elder Julius Lloyd, Speed, N. C. 

Elder Joe Willis Dickens, Rt. 2, Tarboro, N. C. 

DEACONS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Bro. Mack Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. Austin Higgs, Rocky Mount, N. C. 

Bro. George Wimberly, R.F.D. 4, Greenville, N. C. 

Bro. Sam Bryant, Speed, N. C. 

Bro. Jonah Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. Tom Loyd, Bethel, N. C. 

Brother Jack Sherrod, Hobgood^ N. C. 

Bro. James D. Dickens, R.F.D. 2, Tarboro, N. C . 

Bro. James Harrell 

CLERKS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Bro. Norfleet Carney, Box 135, Speed, N. C. 

Sister Mary L. Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. Travis Knight, R.F.D. 2, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES, PASTORS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Logsboro— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggett Chapel — Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Tar River Chapel — Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Carson Chapel — Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion — Elder Julious Lloyd, Speed, N. C. 

CHURCHES AND THEIR DEACONS 

Long Branch — Bro. George Wimberly and Sam Bryant 

Logsboro — Bro. Mack Dickens and James D. Dickens 

Leggett Chapel — Bros. Austin Higgs and George Wimberly 

Tar River Chapel — Bro. Jonah Knight 

Carson Chapel — Bros. Tom Loyd, James Harrel 

Little Mount Zion — Brother Jack Sherrod 

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CLERKS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Bro. George Wimberly, acting Clerk 
Logsboro — Biro. Norfleet Carney, Box 135, Speed, N. C. 
Leggett Chapel — Bro. Norfleet Carney, Box 135, Speed, N.C. 
Tar River — Sister Mary E. Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 
Carson Chapel — Sister Mary E. Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion — Bro. Travis Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

SABBATH MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — Third Sunday and Saturday before. 
Logsboro — Fourth Sunday and Saturday before. 
Leggett Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Tar River Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Carson Chapel — Second Sunday and Saturday before. 
Little Mount Zion — Second Sunday and Saturday before. 

QUARTERLY MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — February, May, August, November. 
Logsboro — February, May, August, November. 
Leggett Chapel — February, May, August, November. 
Tar River Chapel — March, June, September, December.' 
Carson Chapel — February, May, August, November. 
Little Mount Zion — February, May, August, November. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 



1. We believe in one true and living God; the Father, the Son, and 
the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are 
the words of God and the only faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of man's impotency to recovei him- 
self from the fallen state he is in by nature of his own free will and 
ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
by reputed righteousness in Christ. 

5. We believe that God's elect shall be called, converted, and sanc- 
tified by the Holy Ghost. 

6. We believe in the doctrine of eternal, particular election. 

7. We believe that the saints shall be preserved in grace and never 
finally fall. 

8. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and washing of the 
saints' feet are ordinances and the true mode of baptism is by immer^ 
sion. 

9. We believe in the resurrection of the dead. We believe that the 
punishment of the wicked will be everlasting and the joys of righteous 
shall be eternal. 

10. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinance of baptism and the Lord's Supper, except such as are regu- 
larly ordained presbytery. 

ELDER JAMES H. DICKENS, Moderator 
BROTHER NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Assistant Clerk 

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RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each church agrees to hold conferences once a month. 

2. The Moderator and Clerk should he chosen by the majority of 
the delegates present. 

3. Conference shall be opened by praise or prayer. 

4. The door of the church shall be opened for reception of members 
of fellowship. 

5. The state and standing of the church shall be inquired into. 

6. No member shall leave the conference without permission of the 
Moderator. 

7. The minority shall submit to the majority in all cases except 
receiving members to fellowship and to office. This shall be unanimous. 

8. Any business brought up in the church shall be read three times 
before acted upon. 

9. We agree that if any member shall violate these rules, such 
members will be dealt with according to the gospel order. 

10. We agree to commune four times a year when all is well. 

11. We agree to wash feet four times a year at each church. 

12. No member shall have any right to contract any business of the 
church without the libertv to do so. 

13. If any member of the church becomes dissatisfied with the rules 
of the church they shall be excluded from fellowship until they can give 
satisfaction and then be restored. 

14. If any member shall wilfully absent himself from communion, he 
shall make his reason known to the church. 

15. If any member violates any of these he shall be brought to trial. 
He must be tried by his own church. 

16. If any minister, deacon, or clerk transgresses these rules, the 
church shall have power to call help from other churches to aid in 
settling it. 

17. We agree not to commune with any persons unless they are 
baptized in our faith and order. 

18. We agree to commune with predestinarian Baptists who are in 
good standing. 

19. If any member sees another transgressing the rules of the 
church and does not bring it to the church after applying the 18th 
Chapter of Matthew, they are liable to be tried before the church them- 
selves. Each church shall have a Moderator and be governed by the voice 
of the members. 

20. No exhorting minister shall be admitted to the stand only by 
preaching his Trial Sermon in a union or association. 

21. No ordination shall be done only in union or in association. 

22. No traffic or trade shall be carried on within 150 yards of the 
church grounds. 

23. No minister or member shall have a right to carry any of the 
corresponding association property to any other association. 

24. No members who have been withdrawn from fellowship will be 
allowed to come into the Association. He first shall get the right of his 
home church. The Long Branch Association was organized July 31st, 
1948, by the corresponding association and the assistance of the Beth- 
lehem and Radicue Associations. 

On August 23, 1948, the Board of Brethren met at Johnson Chapel 
Church in reorganizing council with the corresponding brethren and the 
Long Brancli brethren. First Brother Deacon Joyner sang hymn 533 
and offered prayer. Then, on motion, agreed that Elder B. B. Exum 
be Moderator of Cour.cil. The house was announced in order for 

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business. On motion it was agreed that Elder S. T. Woodard be chosen 
for clerk. On motion, it was agreed that visiting brethren and messen- 
gers take a seat with us and feel themselves at home. 

Next, Brother Deacon Wimberly came forth and explained how the 
organizing of the Long Branch Association was carried out. Next, Elder 
B. B. Exum came forth and explained what this called meeting was for. 
Next, Elder W. J. Moore and Elder J. H. Winstead came forth to talk 
on the meeting. On motion that minutes of the previous meeting be 
read, it was granted. On motion agreed that Elder B. B. Exum come 
forth and confess his error and beg the conference to forgive him. On 
motion, agreed that it be granted. On motion agreed that the Long 
Branch brethren be left in care of the corresponding association until 
their session meeting Friday before the third Sunday in October, 1948. 
On motion that the Long Branch brethren be in full fellowship with our 
corresponding churches wherever they be. 

On motion, agreed that the clerk will take these minutes home and 
straighten them out as best he can and mail them to the different 
brethren. 

It was granted. 

On motion that the minutes of the previous meeting, which they 
held, be received. It was granted by conference. 

On motion, agreed if no other business, conference adjourn by 
singing hymn 507. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
BROTHER NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Assistant Clerk 



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Minutes 

OF THE 

Ninth 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

Long Branch 

Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

Tar River Chapel Church 

EDGECOMBE COUNTY, N. C. 

FRIDAY BEFORE THE THIRD SUNDAY 
IN OCTOBER 



1956 



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The next session of this Association will convene with Little 

Mount Zion in Speed, Edgecombe County, N. C, beginning 

Friday before the third Sunday in October, 1957. 

OFFICERS 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS Moderator 

BROTHER NORFLEET CARNEY Clerk 

BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT Assistant Clerk 

*V THE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST PUBLISHING HOUSE ^ 

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Proceedings 

FRIDAY MORNING SESSION, October 19, 1956. 

Brother George Wimberly sang hymn 345 and led in prayer, 
then Elder J. H. Dickens who was chosen to preach the alternate 
sermon read for his morning lesson John 14. Then Elder John 
Charles who was chosen to preach the Introductory Sermon 
sang hymn 200 and preached from the same chapter. Then 
Elder J. H. Dickens sang hymn 73 and closed for one hour. 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON SESSION: 

Elder J. H. Dickens opened by singing hymn No. 2, and Elder 
Adams offered prayer. Elder J. H. Dickens announced the 
house in order for business. 

1. Moved and agreed that Elder J. H. Dickens be the Mod- 
erator of our Association for this twelve months. 

2. Moved that Brother Norfleet Carney be our Association 
Clerk for this twelve months. 

3. Moved and agreed that Brother Travis Knight be our 
Assistant Clerk for this twelve months. 

4. Moved and agreed that Brother Mack Dickens be our 
Association Treasurer for this twelve months. 

5. Moved and agreed that Brother George Wimberly be our 
mouthspeaker for this twelve months. 

6. Moved and agreed that the Committee remain the same. 

7. Moved and agreed that Brother Johnnie Knight be a 
Finance Committee. 

8. Moved and agreed that all delegates and messengers be 
invited to sit with us and take a part in our conference, and 
feel themselves at home. 

9. Moved and agreed that visiting Brothers and Sisters are 
invited to sit with us and help us out in our deliberations, and 
feel themselves at home. 

10. Moved and agreed that the list of churches be called : 
Long Branch, Leggett Chapel, Tar River Chapel, Logsboro, 

Little Mount Zion — all answered present. 

11. Moved and agreed that a door be opened for receiving 
new churches. None came. 

12. Moved and agreed that a Committee of three be appointed 



to arrange preaching during the session. They were as follows : 
Elder John Charles, Brother R. Lloyd, and Brother Joiner 
Knight. Finance Committee as follows : Brother R. Lloyd, Eld- 
er Adams, Elder John Morning. 

13. Moved and agreed that the report of the Committee be 
received. 

14. Moved and agreed that Brother R. Lloyd go to the stand 
and record the preachers ' texts from day to day. 

15. Moved and agreed that the delegates from the sister As- 
sociations with whom we correspond now make their report: 

Elder J. J. Adams came forth with a file of Minutes repre- 
senting peace and love and desiring -correspondence to continue. 

16. Moved and agreed that J. J. Adams and his Association 
be received by the Moderator extending the right hand of fellow- 
ship to the delegates. 

Elder GTeorge Thorpe came forth from Radicue Association 
with a file of Minutes, representing peace and love and desir- 
ing correspondence to continue. 

17. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Radicue Asso- 
ciation be received by the Moderator extending the right hand 
of fellowship to the delegates. 

Elder S. A. Short came forth from Corresponding Association 
with a file of Minutes representing peace and love and desiring 
correspondence to continue. 

18. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Corresponding 
be received by the Moderator extending the right hand of 
fellowship to the delegates. 

Elder Levi Edwards came forth from Union Line Association 
with a file of Minutes, representing peace and love and desiring 
correspondence to continue. 

19. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Union Line be 
received by the Moderator extending the right hand of fellow- 
ship to the delegates. 

Elder Johnnie Rodgers came forth from Bethlehem Associa- 
tion with a file of Minutes representing peace and love and de- 
siring correspondence to continue. 

20. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Bethlehem be 
received by the Moderator 'extending the right hand of fellow- 

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.ship to the delegates. 

Brother Dehro Bunch came forth from Contentnea Association 
with a file of Minutes representing peace and love ahd desiring 
correspondence to continue. 

21. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Contentnea 
be received by the Moderator extending the right hand of fellow- 
ship to the delegates. 

Elder C. L. Alston came forth from Coopers Grove with a file 
of Minutes representing peace and love and desiring correspon- 
dence to continue. 

22. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Coopers Grove 
be received by the Moderator extending the right hand of 
fellowship to the delegates. 

The delegates from Loving Association came forth with a file 
of Minutes representing peace and love and desiring correspon- 
dence to continue. 

23. Moved and agreed that the delegates from Loving Assoc- 
iation be received by the Moderator extending the right hand of 
fellowship to the delegates. 

24. Moved and agreed that the corresponding letters be called 
for. There were none. 

25. Moved and agreed that the petitionary letters be called 
for, none received. 

26. Moved and agreed lhat we will see where the next session 
of our Association will meet. The Long: Branch Association 
Avill convene with Little Mount Zion Church in Speed, N. G, 
Edgecombe County, beginning on Friday before the the third 
Sunday in October, 1957. 

27. Moved and agreed that Elder J. H. Dickens preach the 
Introductory Sermon, and Elder John Charles be his alternate. 

28. Moved and agreed that the Lonjr Branch conference ad- 
journ nntil tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock. The Moderator 
sang hymn 505 and benediction was by Elder J. H. Dickens. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS. Moderator 
BROTHER NORFLETT CARNEY. Clerk 
BRO. TRAVIS KNIGHT, Ass't Clerk 






SATURDAY MORNING SESSION: 

The Association was called to order by Brother George Wim- 
berly with hymn 353, and prayer was offered by Elder S. A. 
Short. The Moderator then announced the Association open 
for business. 

29. Moved and agreed that the list of churches be called. All 
answered present. 

30. Moved and agreed that the Minutes of Friday evening 
session be read and approved. 

31. Moved and agreed that the Friday evening session be 
received and all errors corrected. 

32. Moved and agreed that the Committee on Arrangements 
make their report which was as follows : Elder Joe Willis Dick- 
ens, Elder Willie Maryland, Elder J. J. Adams, and as many 
more as the Moderator sees fit. 

33. Moved and agreed that the report of the Committee be 
received. 

34. Moved and agreed that Association Letter be called for. 

35. Moved and agreed that we take up unfinished business. 

36. Moved and agreed that we choose our delegates to visit 
corresponding Associations. It was moved and agreed to send 
the delegates as follows : 

Radicue : Elder J. H. Dickens. 
Cooper Grove : Elder John Charles. 
Contentnea: Elder John Charles. 
Union Line : Elder Joe AVillis Dickens. 
Bethlehem : Elder John Charles. 
Loving : Brother R. Lloyd. 
Corresponding : Brother J. Dickens. 

Moved and agreed that the Clerk have 250 copies of these 
Minutes printed under the supervision of the Moderator. 

37. Moved and agreed that the Association take up collection. 

Received from the churches $102.50 

Penny Collection 93.16 

Expences of the Association 116.35 

Balance in treasury $79.31 

38. Moved and agreed that the Finance Committee make their 
report. 

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39. Moved and agreed that the finance report be received. 

40. Moved and agreed that the old treasurer make his report. 

41. Moved and agreed that the report be received. 

42. Moved and agreed that the Rules of Decorum and the 
Church Government and Abstract of Principles be printed in 
the Minutes for 1957. 

43. Moved and agreed the Finance Committee pay off the 
indebtedness of the Association. 

44. Moved and agreed that the Association adjourn until 1957. 
The Moderator sang hymn 506, and benediction was given by 
the Moderator. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
BRO. NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk 
BRO. TRAVIS KNIGHT, Ass't. Clerk 

SATURDAY EVENING : 

Elder James Dickens sang hymn 73 and Brother George Wim- 
berly offered prayer, then Elder Humphrey preached from 
John 9. Elder B. B. Exum preached from John 5. Elder S. A. 
Short preached from Isa. 6. Elder J. H. Dickens sang hymn 
200 and closed the union. 

SATURDAY NIGHT : 

Elder James Dickens sang hymn 400 and Elder Johnnie 
Morning offered prayer. Elder Levi Hill preached from Matt. 
15 :46. Elder John Pitt sang hymn 200 and preached from Gen. 
1. Elder Sylvalia Worsley and preached wonderfully. Elder 
Bunch preached from Ezek. 4. Elder Johnnie Morning preached 
from Gen. Elder J. J. Adams preached wonderfully. Elder 
J. H. Dickens sang hymn 582 and closed. 

SUNDAY MORNING : 

Elder J. H. Dickens sang hymn No. 2, and prayer was offered 
by Elder William Robersly. Then Elder C. C. Alston read for 
his morning lesson Heb. 2. Then Elder Ben Cherry preached 
Deut. 1. Then Elder Wooten preached from Heb. 1. Elder 
Willie Carney preached from John 15. Elder David Bynum 
preached wonderfully. Elder Humphrey preached from John 

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14. Elder Johnnie Rodgers preached from a wonderful text. 
Elder George Thorpe preached from Psa. 149. Elder W. M. 
Weaver preached a wonderful text. Elder Joe Taylor sang 
hymn 144 and preached a wonderful text. Elder John Winstead 
preached a wonderful text. Elder J. H. Dickens made a few 
remarks of encouragement and sang hymn 582 and the Associa- 
tion was dismissed by Elder John Charles. 

CIRCULAR LETTER 

This is the Ninth Annual Session of the Long Branch Primi- 
tive Baptist Association held with Tar River Chapel Church, in 
Edgecombe County, N. C, beginning on Friday before the third 
Sunday in October, 1956. 

Dear brethren : The Lord has blessed us to meet from north 
south, east and west. We are thankful to our heavenly Father 
for preserving our lives. Oh, how good it is for brethern to 
dwell together in peace. God has commanded us to stand fast 
in the liberty with which Christ has made us free. Let us serve 
God with godly fear and pray that the word of God may have 
its free course and all we do be it done in the glory of God. 

CORRESPONDING LETTER 
To whom it may concern : The beginning of the Ninth Annual 
Session of the Long Branch Primitive Baptist Association has 
filled our hearts with gladness. We are glad to express our 
heartfelt thanks to God who rules both time and seasons, heaven 
and earth. Since meeting together in our annual session many 
of our friends have gone to their long awaited home and to us 
who have been spared the journey we mourn them. So brethren, 
let us try to keep out hearts employed in the wonderful work 
of the Lord and the shortness of time and the length of eternity 
knowing the time that knows us now will know us no more. 

Brethren remember us in your prayer that the chief Shepherd 
will cause our correspondence to continue until traveling days 
are done. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
BRO. NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk 
BRO. TRAVIS KNIGHT, Ass't. Clerk 

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ORDAINED ELDERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder J. H. Dickens, R. F. D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 

Elder Joe Willis Dickens, Rt. 2, Tarboro, N. C. 

DEACONS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Bro. Mack Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. George Wimberly, R.F.D. 4, Greenville, N. C. 

Bro. Austin Higgs, Rocky Mount, N. C. 

Bro. Jonah Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. Tom Loyd, Bethel, N. C. 

Brother Jack Sherrod, Hobgood, N. C. 

Bro. James D. Dickens, R.F.D. 2, Tarboro, N. C . 

Bro. James Harrell, Tarboro, N. C. 

CLERKS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Bro. Norfleet Carney, Box 135, Speed, N. C. 
Sister Mary L. Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 
Sister Dora Harrell, Hobgood, N. C. 
Bro. Travis Knight, R.F.D. 2, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES, PASTORS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Logsboro — Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggett Chapel — Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Tar River Chapel— Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion — Elder Julious Lloyd, Speed, N. C. 

CHURCHES AND THEIR DEACONS 

Long Branch — Bro. George Wimberly and Sam Bryant 
Logsboro — Bro. Mack Dickens acd James D. Dickens 
Leggett Chapel — Bros. Austin Higgs and George Wimberly 
Tar River Chapel — Bro. Jonah Knight 
Little Mount Zion — Brother Jack Sherrod 

CLERKS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Sister Dora Harrell. 

Logsboro — Bro. Norfleet Carney, Box 135, Speed, N. C. 
Leggett Chapel — Bro. Norfleet Carney, Box 135, Speed, N.C. 
Tar River— Sister Mary E. Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion — Bro. Travis Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

SABBATH MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — Third Sunday and Saturday before. 
Logsboro — Fourth Sunday and Saturday before. 
Leggett Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Tar River Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Little Mount Zion — Second Sunday and Saturday before. 

QUARTERLY MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — -February, May, August, November. 
Logsboro — February, May, August, November. 
Leggett Chapel — February, May, August, November. 
Tar River Chapel — March, June, September, December. 
Little Mount Zion — February, May, August, November. 

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ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in one true and living God; the Father, the Son, and 
the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are 
the words of God and the only faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of man's impotency to recover him- 
self from the fallen state he is in by nature of his own free will and 
ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
by reputed righteousness in Christ. 

5. We believe that God's elect shall be called, converted, and sanc- 
tified by the Holy Ghost. 

6. We believe in the doctrine of eternal, particular election. 

7. We believe that the saints shall be preserved in grace and never 
finally fall. 

8. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and washing of the 
saints' feet are ordinances and the true mode of baptism is by immer- 
sion. 

9. We believe in the resurrection of the dead. We believe that the 
punishment of the wicked will be everlasting and the joys of righteous 
shall be eternal. 

10. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinance of baptism and the Lord's Supper, except such as are regu- 
larly ordained presbytery. 

ELDER JAMES H. DICKENS, Moderator 
BROTHER NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Assistant Clerk 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each church agrees to hold conferences once a month. 

2. The Moderator and Clerk should be chosen by the majority ot 
the delegates present. 

3. Conference shall be opened by praise or prayer. 

4. The door of the church shall be opened for reception of members 
of fellowship. 

5. The state and standing of the church shall be inquired into. 

6. No member shall leave the conference without permission of the 
Moderator. 

7. The minority shall submit to the majority in all cases except 
receiving members to fellowship and to office. This shall be unanimous. 

8. Any business brought up in the church shall be read three times 
before acted upon. 

9. We agree that if any member shall violate these rules, such 
members will be dealt with according to the gospel order. 

10. We agree to commune four times a year when all is well. 

11. We agree to wash feet four times a year at each church. 

12. No member shall have any right to contract any business of the 
church without the liberty to do so. 

13. If any member of the church becomes dissatisfied with the rules 
of the church they shall be excluded from fellowship until they can give 
satisfaction and then be restored. 

14. If any member shall wilfully absent himself from communion, he 
shall make his reason known to the church. 

15. If any member violates any of these he shall be brought to trial. 

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He must be tried by his own church. 

16. If any minister, deacon, or clerk transgresses these rules, the 
church shall have power to call help from other churches to aid in 
settling it. 

17. We agree not to commune with any persons unless they are 
baptized in our faith and order. 

18. We agree to commune with prede&tinarian Baptists who are in 
good standing. 

19. If any member sees another transgressing the rules of the 
church and does not bring it to the church after applying the 18th 
Chapter of Matthew, they are liable to be tried before the church them- 
selves. Each church shall have a Moderator and be governed by the voice 
of the members. 

20. No exhorting minister shall be admitted to the stand only by 
preaching his Trial Sermon in a union or association. 

21. No ordination shall be done only in union or in association. 

22. No traffic or trade shall be carried on within 150 yards of the 
church grounds. 

23. No minister or member shall have a right to carry any of the 
corresponding association property to any other association. 

24. No members who have been withdrawn from fellowship will be 
allowed to come into the Association. He first shall get the right of his 
home church. The Long Branch Association was organized July 31st, 
1948, by the corresponding association and the assistance of the Beth- 
lehem and Radicue Associations. 

On August 23, 1948, the Board of Brethren met at Johnson Chapel 
Church in reorganizing council with the corresponding brethren and the 
Long Branch brethren. First Brother Deacon Joyner sang hymn 533 
and offered prayer. Then, on motion, agreed that Elder B. B. Exum 
be Moderator of Council. The house was announced in order for 
business. On motion it was agreed that Elder S. T. Woodard be chosen 
for clerk. On motion, it was agreed that visiting brethren and messen- 
gers take a seat with us and feel themselves at home. 

Next,- Brother Deacon Wimberly came forth and explained how the 
organizing of the Long Branch Association was carried out. Next, Elder 
B. B. Exum came forth and explained what this called meeting was for. 
Next, Elder W. J. Moore and Elder J. H. Winstead came forth to talk 
on the meeting. On motion that minutes of the previous meeting be 
read, it was granted. On motion agreed that Elder B. B. Exum come 
forth and confess his error and beg the conference to forgive him. On 
motion, agreed that it be granted. On motion agreed that the Long 
Branch brethren be left in care of the corresponding association until 
their session meeting Friday before the third Sunday in October, 1948. 
On motion that the Long Branch brethren be in full fellowship with our 
corresponding churches wherever they be. 

On motion, agreed that the clerk will take these minutes home and 
straighten them out as best he can and mail them to the different 
brethren. 

It was granted. 

On motion that the minutes of the previous meeting, which they 
held, be received. It was granted by conference. 

On motion, agreed if no other business, conference adjourn by 
singing hymn 507. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
BROTHER NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Assistant Clerk 



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f Minutes 1 

OF THE 

Tenth 

Annual Session 

OF THE 

LONG BRANCH 

Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

Little Mount Zion Church 

Edgecombe County, N. C. 
Friday before third Sunday in October, 

1957 



Next session convenes with Long Branch in Speeds,, Edge- 
combe County, N. C, beginning Friday before the third 
Sunday in October, 1958. 

OFFICERS 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS Moderator 

ELDER JOHN CHARLES . Assistant Moderator 

BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT Clerk 

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Proceedings 

OF THE TENTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE LONG 

BRANCH PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 

Held with Little Mount Zion Church, Edgecombe County, N. C. 

Friday before third Sunday in October, 1957. 

FRIDAY MORNING SESSION, October 18, 1957 

Brother George Wimberly sang hymn 141 and led in prayer, 
then Elder J. H. Dickens who was chosen to preach the intro- 
ductory sermon sang hymn 355 a^cl read for his morning 
lesson 1 Kings 17 and preached from the same then Elder 
John Charles preached the alternate sermon after hymn, Elder 
J. H. Dickens sang hymn 201 and closed one hour. Benediction 
by Elder Bell. 

FRIDAY AFERNOON SESSION 

Elder J. H. Dickens opened by singing hymn 294. George 
Wimberly sang hymn 253 and Brother George Dickens led in 
prayer. Elder J. H. Dickens announced the house in order for 
business. 

1. Moved and agreed that Elder J. H. Dickens be the Mod- 
erator of our Association for this twelve months. 

2. Moved and agreed that Brother Travis Knight be our As- 
sociation Clerk for this twelve months. 

3. Moved and agreed that Brother George "Wimberly be our 
mouth speaker for this twelve month. 

4. Moved and agreed Brother Dickens be our Association 
Treasurer for this twelve months. 

5. Moved and agreed the committee remain the same. 

6. Moved and agreed that all the delegates and messengers 
be invited to sit with us and take part in our conference and 
feel themselves at home. 

7. Moved and agreed that the visiting brethren and sisters 
be invited with us and feel themselves at home. 

8. Moved and agreed that the list, of churches be called. 
Long Branch, Leggets Chapel, Tar River Chapel, Logsboro, 

Little Mount Zion, all present. 

9. Moved and agreed that a door be opened for receiving 
new churches, none come. 



10. Moved and agreed that a committee of three be appointed 
to arrange preaching during the session. They were as follows : 
Elder John Charles, Brother Ransom Lloyd, Brother Jonah 
Knight. The Committee reported as follows : 1. Brother Ernest 
Farmer, 2. Brother General Dickens, 3. Brother Ransom Loyd. 

11. Moved and agreed that the report be received. 

12. Moved and agreed that Brother Ransom Loyd go to the 
stand to record the preachers' texts during the session. 

13. Moved and agreed that the delegates from the sister as- 
sociations with whom we correspond now make their report. 

Elder George Thorpe came forth from Radicue Association 
with file of minutes representing peace and love and desiring 
correspondence to continue. 

14. Moved and agreed that the delegates from the Radicue 
be received, by the Moderator extending hand of fellowship. 

Elder Frank Bell from Corresponding with file of minutes, 
representing peace and love desiring correspondence to continue. 

15. Moved and agreed that the delegate from Corresponding 
be received by Moderator extending hand of fellowship. 

Elder Frank Greer from the Union Line with file of minutes, 
representing peace and love, desiring correspondence continued. 

16. Moved and agreed that the delegate be received by the 
Moderator extending hand of fellowship. 

Elder John T. More came from Bethlehem with file of miutes 
representing peace and love desiring correspondence to contiue. 

17. Moved and agreed that the delegate be received by the 
Moderator extending hand of fellowship. 

Elder S. L. Woodwards from Contentnea with file of minutes 
representing peace and love, desiring correspondence to con- 
tinue. 

18. Moved and agreed that the delegate be received by the 
Moderator extending hand of fellowship. 

Elder C. L. Alston from Coopers Grove with file of minutes 
representing peace and love desiring correspondence to continue. 

19. Moved and agreed that the delegate be received by the 
Moderator exteding hand of fellowship. 

Brothe Edgar H. Humphrey from Loving with file of minutes 
representing peace and love, desiring correspondence to continue. 

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20. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Loving As- 
sociation be received by the Moderator extending the right hand 
of fellowship. 

21. Moved and agreed the Corresponding Letter be received. 

22. Moved and agreed the Petitionary Letter be called for, 
none received. 

23. Moved and agreed we will see where the next session of 
our Association will meet. The Long Branch Association will 
convene with the Long Branch Church in Speed, N. C, Edge- 
combe County, beginnig Friday before the third Suday, October, 
1958. 

24. Moved and agreed that Elder J. H. Dickens preach the 
introductory sermon and Elder John Charles be his alternate. 

25. Moved and agreed that the Long Branch conference 
adjourn until tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. The Moderator 
sang hymn 73 and benediction by Elder Thomas John T. Moore. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Assistant Mod. 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Clerk 

SATURDAY MORNING SESSION 

The Association Avas called to order by Elder Holt with hymn 
288 and prayer. The Moderator announced the Association 
open for business. 

26. Moved and agreed that the list of churches be called, all 
were present. 

27. Moved and agreed that the minutes of Friday evening 
session be read and approved. 

28. Moved and agreed that the minutes of Friday evening 
be received and all errors corrected. 

29. Moved and agreed that the committee on arrangements 
make their report, which was as follows : 1. Elder Earl Holt, 
2. Elder Warren Melton, 3. Elder Joe Taylor. 

30. Moved and agreed that the report be received . 

31. Moved and agreed that the Association letters be called. 

32. Moved and agreed that we take up unfinished business. 

33. Moved and agreed that ordination of Brother General 

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Dickens and Brother Ransom Lloyd take place at 9 o'clock to- 
morrow morning. 

34. Moved and agreed that we choose our delegates to visit 
our corresponding associations. It was moved and agreed to 
send the delegates as f ollows : 

Cotentnea : Brother Ransom Lloyd, 1957. 

Cooper Grove : Elder John Charles, 1958. 

Radicue: Elder ^ fcfs Dikens, 1958. 
Bethlehem : Elder Joe Willis Dickens, 1958. 

Corresponding Brother General Dickens, 1958. 

* aoT JS^ r ea^aafr&ea thaxxneClerk nave 250 copies copies 
of these minutes printed under the supervision of the Moderator. 

36. Moved and agreed that the Association take up collection. 
Received from the churches $75.00 

Penny collection ■■ • 76.24 

Old Treasury 18.41 

Total __.. $169.65 

Expenses of the Association $81.50 

Balance in Treasury . •• $88.15 

37. Moved and agreed that the finance report be received. 

38. Moved and agreed that the rules of decorum and the 
church government and abstract of principles be printed in the 
minutes for 1958. 

39. Moved and agreed the finance committee pay the indeb- 
tedness of the Association. 

40. Moved and agreed that the Association adjourn until 1958, 
the Moderator sang hymn 505, benediction by the Moderator. 

FRIDAY EVENING 

Elder John Charles sang hymn 200 and read for the evening 
lesson St. John 14. Brother Ernest Farmer preached from Rev. 
14. Brother General Dickens preached from .§t. John 14. Elder 
John Charles closed. 

FRIDAY NIGHT. 

Brother Jack Shird opened by singing hymn 73 and led in 
prayer. Elder J. H. Dickens sang hymn 8, Elder Frank Bell 
read for the evening lesson Matt. 25, Brother Ransom Lloyd 

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sang hymn 214 and preached from Gen. 1, Elder John T. Moore 
sang 395 and preached a wonderful semion, Elder Frank Bell 
sang hymn 492 and preached from St. Joim 14, Elder J. H. 
Dickens closed by singing hymn 507, benediction by Elder 
John T. Moore. 

SATURDAY MORNING 

Elder John Charles opened by singing 200, Brother James 
D. Dickens led in prayer, Brother Ransom Lloyd read for the 
morning lesson the 14th chapter of St. John, Eider Warren 
Melton preached a wonderful sermon, Elder Joe Taylor preach- 
ed from St. John 14 and closed for one hour, benediction by 
Elder Frank Gear. 

SATURDAY EVENING 

Elder John Charles sang hymn 200 and prayer by Deacon 
Hart, Elder George Thorpe read for the evening lesson St. John 
14., Elder Frank Gear sang hymn 533 and preached from the 
same chapter, Elder William Carney sang hymn 288 and preach- 
ed from St. John 15, Elder Woodard preached from St. Joim 3, 
benediction by Elder Alston. 

SATURDAY NIGHT 

Brother George Wimberly opened by singing hymn 141, Bro. 
Humphrey led in prayer, Elder Wm. Weaver read for evening 
lesson Psa. 142, Elder Johnnie Pitt preached concerning games. 
Elder Ben Cherry preached a wonderful sermon, Elder Paul 
Alston sang hymn 5 and preached a wonderful sermon, Elder 
W. M. Weaver sang hymn 530 and preached from Psa. 150, 
Elder Levi Hill sang hymn 76, no special text, closed by singing 
hymn 533, benediction by Elder P. L. Hill. 

SUNDAY MORNING 

Ministers' text and the ordination of Brother General Dickens 
and Brother Ransom Lloyd; Brother George Wimberly sang 
hymn 3, Elder J. H. Dickens read Tim. 3 and the ordination 
took place, after which Brother Mayo sang hymn 345, prayer 
was led by Brother George Wimberly, Elder Levi Hill read 
for the morning lesson St. John 14, Elder Ransom Lloyd 

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preached in God my counsel shall stand, Elder George Thorpe 
sang hymn 211 and preached from St. John 15, Elder C. L. 
Alston sang hym n 492 and preached from St. John 3, Elder 
Willie Carney preached, no special text, Elder Levi Hill sang 
372, no special text, Elder Woodard preached a wonderful 
sermon, Elder Paul Alston preached from Psa., Elder J. H. 
Dickens made a few remarks of encouragement, sang hymn 144 
and the association was. dismissed by Elder C. L. Alston. 

CIRCULAR LETTER 

This is the Ninth Annual Session of the Long Branch Primi- 
tive Baptist Association held with Little M. Zion Church, in 
Edgecombe County, N. C. beginning on Friday before the third 
Sunday in October, 1957. 

Dear Brethren : The Lord has blessed us to meet from north, 
south, east and west. We are thankful to our heavenly Father 
for preserving our lives. Oh, how good it is for brethren to 
dwell together in peace. God has commanded us to stand fast 
in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. Let us serve 
God with godly fear and pray that the word of God m ay have 
its free course and all we do be done in the glory of God. 
CORRESPONDING LETTER 

To whom it may concern : The beginning of the Tenth Annual 
Session of the Long Brach Primitive Baptist Association has 
filled our hearts with gladness. We are glad to express our 
heartfelt thanks to God who rules both time and seasons, heaven 
and earth. Since meeting together in our annual session many 
of our friends have gone to their long awaited home and to us 
who have been spared the journey we mourn them. So brethren, 
let us try to keep our hearts employed in the wonderful work 
of the Lord and the shortness of time and the length of eternity 
knowing the time that knows us. now will know us no more. 

Brethren remember us in your prayers that the chief Shepherd 
will cause our correspondence to continue until traveling days 
are done. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Assistant Mod. 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Clerk 

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ORDAINED ELDERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder J. H. Dickens, R. F. D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder Joe Willis Dickens, Rt. 2, Tarboro, N. C. 
-Elder Ransom Lloyd, P. O. Box 142, Speed, N. C 

Brother Tom Lloyd, Bethel, N. C. 

DEACONS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Bro. Mack Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. George Wimberly, R.F.D 4, Greenville, N. C. 

Bro. Austin Higgs, Rocky Mount, N. C. 

Bro. Jonah Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

Brother Jack Sherrod, Hobgood, N. C. 

Bro. James D. Dickens, R.F.D. 2, Tarboro, N. C . 

Bro. James Harrell, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES, PASTORS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Logsboro— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggett Chapel — Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Tar River Chapel — Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion— Elder J. H. Dickens, Rt. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES AND THEIR DEACONS 

Long Branch — Brother George Wimberly. 
Logsboro — Bro. Mack Dickens and James D. Dickens 
Leggett Chapel — Bros. Austin Higgs and George Wimberly 
Tar River Chapel — Bro. Jonah Knight 
Little Mount Zion — Brother Jack Sherrod 

CLERKS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Sister Dora Harrell. 

Logsboro— Brother Travis Knight, Rt. 2, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggett's Chapel — Sister Rolester Wimberly Greenville N.C. 
Tar River — Sister Mary E. Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

Little Mount Zion — Bro. Travis Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

SABBATH MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — Third Sunday and Saturday before. 
Logsboro — Fourth Sunday and Saturday before. 
Leggett Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Tar River Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Little Mount ZionS&C.^ Sunday and Saturday before. 

QUARTERLY MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — February, May, August, November. 
Logsboro — February, May, August, November. 
Leggett Chapel — February, May, August, November. 
Tar River Chapel — March, June, September, December. 
Little Mount Zion — February, May, August, November. 

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ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in one true and living God; the Father, the Son, and 
the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are 
the words of God and the only faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of man's impotency to recover him- 
self from the fallen state he is in by nature of his own free will and 
ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
by reputed righteousness in Christ. 

5. We believe that God's elect shall be called, converted, and sanc- 
tified by the Holy Ghost. 

6. We believe in the doctrine of eternal, particular election. 

7. We believe that the saints shall be preserved in grace and never 
finally fall. 

8. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and washing of the 
saints' feet are ordinances and the true mode of baptism is by immer- 
sion. 

9. We believe in the resurrection of the dead. We believe that the 
punishment of the wicked will be everlasting and the joys of righteous 
shall be eternal. 

10. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinance of baptism and the Lord's Supper, except such as are regu- 
larly ordained presbytery. 

ELDER JAMES H. DICKENS, Moderator 
BROTHER NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Assistant Clerk 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each church agrees to hold conferences once a month. 

2. The Moderator and Clerk should be chosen by the majority ol 
the delegates present. 

3. Conference shall be opened by praise or prayer. 

4. The door of the church shall be opened for reception of members 
of fellowship. 

5. The state and standing of the church shall be inquired into. 

6. No member shall leave the conference without permission of the 
Moderator. 

7. The minority shall submit to the majority in all cases except 
receiving members to fellowship and to office. This shall be unanimous. 

8. Any business brought up in the church shall be read three times 
before acted upon. 

9. We agree that if any member shall violate these rules, such 
members will be dealt with according to the gospel order. 

10. We agree to commune four times a year when all is well. 

11. We agree to wash feet four times a year at each church. 

12. No member shall have any right to contract any business of the 
church without the liberty to do so.. 

13. If any member of the church becomes dissatisfied with the rules 
of the church they shall be excluded from fellowship until they can give 
satisfaction and then be restored. 

14. If any member shall wilfully absent himself from communion, he 
shall make his reason known to the church. 

15. If any member violates any of these he shall be brought to trial. 

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He must be tried by his own church. 

16. If any minister, deacon, or clerk transgresses these rules, the 
church shall have power to call help from other churches to aid in 
settling it. 

17. We agree not to commune with any persons unless they are 
baptized in our faith and order. 

18. We agree to commune with predestinarian Baptists who are in 
good standing. 

19. If any member see" another transgressing the rules of the 
church and does not bring it to the church after applying the 18th 
Chapter of Matthew, they are liable to be tried before the church them- 
selves. Each church shall have a Moderator and be governed by the voice 
of the members. 

20. No exhorting minister shall be admitted to the stand only by 
preaching his Trial Sermon in a union or association. 

21. No ordination shall be done only in union or in association. 

22. No traffic or trade hall be carried on within 150 yards of the 
church grounds. 

23. No minister or member shall have a right to carry any of the 
corresponding association property to any other association. 

24. No members who have been withdrawn from fellowship will be 
allowed to come into the Association. He first shall get the right of his 
home church. The Long Branch Association was organized July 31st, 
1948, by the corresponding association and the assistance of the Beth- 
lehem and TVadicue Associations. 

On August 2z, 1948, the Board of Brethren met at Johnson Chapel 
Church in reorganising council with the corresponding brethren and the 
Long Branch brethren First Brother Deacon Joyner sang hymn 533 
and offered prayer. The*., on motion, agreed that Elder B. B. Exum 
be Moderator of Council. The house was announced in order for 
business. On motion it was agi* e d that Elder S. T. Woodard be chosen 
for clerk. On motion, it was agreed that visiting brethren and messen- 
gers take a seat with us and feel themselves at home. 

Next, Brother Deacon Wimberly cam-, f ort h and explained how the 
organizing of the Long Branch Association was carried out. Next, Elder 
B. B. Exum came forth and explained what c»i s called meeting was for. 
Next, Elder W. J. Moore and Elder J. H. Winstead came forth to talk 
on the meeting. On motion that minutes of the previous meeting be 
read, it was granted. On motion agreed that Elder B. B. Ex"m come 
forth and confess his error and beg the conference to forgive him. On 
motion, agreed that it be granted. On motion ag? eec i that the Long 
Branch brethren be left in care of the corresponding association until 
their session meeting Friday before the third Sunday in October 1948. 
On motion that the Long Branch brethren be in full fellowsi.;^ with our 
corresponding churches wherever they be. 

On motion, agreed that the clerk will take the°e minutes homv. an( j 
straighten them out as best he can and mail them to the different 
brethren. 

It was granted. 

On motion that the minutes of the previous meeting, which they 
held, be received. It was granted by conference. 

On motion, agreed if no other business, conference adjourn by 
singing hymn 507. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
BROTHER NORFLEET CARNEY, Clerk 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Assistant Clerk 

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OF THE 

Eleventh 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

Long Branch 

Primitive Baptist Association 

I IH I) WITH 

Long: Branch Church 

EDGECOMBE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 

FRIDAY BEFORE THE THIRD SUNDAY 

IN OCTOBER, 

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Next session of this Association convenes with Logsboro 
Church, between Tarboro and Leggetts, Edgecombe Co., 
N. C, beginning Friday before the third Sunday in 

October, 1959 



— OFFICERS — 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS Moderator 

ELDER JOHN CHARLES Assistant Moderator 

BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT Clerk 

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Proceedings 

OF THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE LONG 

BRANCH PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 

HELD WITH LONG BRANCH CHURCH, EDGECOMBE CO., N. C, 

FRIDAY BEFORE THE THIRD SUNDAY IN OCTOBER, 1958. 

FRIDAY MORNING SESSION, October 17, 1958. 

Brother George Wimberly opened by singing hymn 141. 
Brother Mack Dickens led in prayer. Elder J. H. Dickens 
who was chosen to preach the Introductory Serman sang hymn 
35, and read for the morning lesson, John 14 :1, and preached 
from the same chapter. Elder John Charles was chosen to 
preach the Alternate Sermon and he preached a wonderful ser- 
mon. Elder J. H. Dickens sang hymn 353. Benediction by 
Elder Woodward. Closed for one hour. 

FRIDAY EVENING SESSION. 

Brother George Wimberly opened by singing 345. Brother 
Harril Bullock led in prayer. The Moderator announced the 
house in order for business. 

. Moved and agreed that Elder J. H. Dickens be our Mod- 
erator for the next twelves months. 

2. Moved and agreed that Brother Travis Knight be the 
Association's Clerk for this twelve months. 

3. Moved and agreed that Brother George Wimberly be our 
speaker for this twelve months. 

4. Moved and agreed that Brother Mack Dickens be the 
Association's Treasurer for this twelve months. 

5. Moved and agreed that the committee remain the same. 

6. Moved and agreed that the delegates and messengers 
be invited to sit with us and take part in our conferance. 

7. Moved and agreed that the visiting brothers and sisters 
be invited to sit with us and feel themselves at home. 

8. Moved and agreed that the list of churches be called. 
Long Branch, Leggets Chapel, Tar River Chapel, Logesboro, 
Little Mount Zion. All present. 

9. Moved and agreed that a door be opened for receiving 
new churches. None came. 

10. Moved and agreed that a committee of three be appointed 



to arrange preaching during the session. They were as follows : 
Elder John Charles, Brother Johah Knight, Brother James D. 
Dickens. The committee reported as follows: 1, Brother Mike 
Bunch; 2, Elder Joe W. Dickins; 3, Elder Frank Bell. 

11. Moved and agreed that the report be received. 

12. Moved and agreed that Elder Joe W. Dickens go to the 
stand to record the preachers' texts during the session. 

13. Moved and agreed that the delegates from the sister 
associations with whom we correspond now make their report. 

Elder Joe Taylor came forth from the Radicue Association 
with a file of minutes representing peach and love, and de- 
siring correspondence to continue. 

14. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Radicue 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

Elder Charlie Powell came forth from the Corresponding 
Association with a file of minutes representing peace and 
love and desiring correspondence to continue. 

15. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Correspond- 
ing be received by the Moderator extending the right hand of 
fellowship to the delegate. 

Elder John Pitt came forth from the Bethlehem Association 
with a file of minutes representing peace and love and desiring 
correspondence to continue. 

16. Moved and agreed that the delegates from the Bethle- 
hem be received by the Moderator extending the right hand of 
fellowship to the delegate. 

Brother Mike Bunch came forth from the Cbntentnea Asso- 
ciation with a file of minutes representing peace and love and 
desiring correspondence to continue. 

17. Moved and agreed that the delegate from Contentnea be 
received by the Moderator extending the right hand of fellow- 
ship to the delegate. 

Elder Irvin Moore came forth from the Cooper's Grove 
Association with a file of minutes representing peace and love 
and desiring correspondence to continue. 

18. Moved and agreed that the delegate from Cooper's Grove 
be received by the Moderator extending the right hand of 

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fellowship to the delegate. 

Elder David Bullock came forth from the Union Line Asso- 
ciation with a file of minutes, representing peace and love and 
desiring correspondence to continue. 

19. Moved and agreed that the delegate from Union Line 
be received by the Moderator extending the right hand of 
fellowship to the delegate. 

Brother Augusta Chadwick came forth from the Loving 
Association with a file of minutes representing peace and love, 
and desiring correspondence to continue. 

20. Moved and agreed that the delegate from Loving be 
received by the Moderator extending the right hand of fellow- 
ship to the delegate. 

21. Moved and agreed that the Corresponding letter be called 
for. None received. 

22. Moved and agreed that the petitionary letters be called 
for. None received. 

23. Moved and agreed that we will see where the next session 
of our Association will meet. The Long Branch Association 
will convene with the Logsboro Church near Leggett in 
Edgecombe County, N. C, beginning Friday before the third 
Sunday in October, 1959. 

24. Moved and agreed that Elder J. H. Dickens preach the 
introductory sermon and Elder John Charles preach the alter- 
nate. 

25. Moved and agreed that the Long Branch conference 
adjourn until tomorrow morning at 10:00 o'clock. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Ass't. Mod. 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Clerk 

SATURDAY MORNING SESSION 

The Association was called to order by Brother George 
Wimberly with hymn 188. Brother J. W. Menton led in 
prayer. The Moderator announced the Association open for 
business. 

26. Moved and agreed that the list of churches be called. 
All present. 

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27. Moved and agreed that the Minutes of Friday evening 
session be read and approved. 

28. Moved and agreed that Friday evening session be re- 
ceived and all errors corrected. 

29. Moved and agreed that the Committee on Arrangements 
make their report as follows: 

make their report as follows: (1) Brother Mike Bunch; (2) 
Debro Bunch; (3) Elder Baker. 

30. Moved that the report be received. 

31. Moved and agreed the Association letter be called for. 

32. Moved and agreed roll of delegates be called ; all present. 

33. Moved and agreed to take up unfinished business. 

34. Moved and agreed that we choose our delegates to visit our 
•corresponding Associations. It was moved and agreed to send 
the delegates as follows : 

Contentnea: Elder J. H. Dickens, 1958. 
Cooper's Grove: Elder Joe W. Dickens, 1959. 
Bethlehem: Elder General Dickens, 1959. 
Radicue: Elder Joe W. Dickens, 1959. 
Union Line: Elder John Charles, 1959. 
Corresponding: Elder J. H.Dickens. 1959. 
Loving: Elder Joe W. Dickens, 1959. 

35. Moved and agreed that the Clerk have 250 copies of 
these Minutes printed under the supervision of the Moderator. 

36. Moved and agreed that the Association take up collection : 

Received from churches $ 75.00 

Penny collection 77.16 

Old Treasury 17.15 $169.31 

Expenses of the Association $ 70.00 

Balance in the Treasury 99.31 $169.31 

37. Moved and agreed that the finance report be received. 

38. Moved and agreed that the Rules of Decorum and the 
Church Government and Abstract of Principles be printed in 
the Minutes for 1958. 

39. Moved and agreed that the Finance Committee pay off 
the indebtedness of the Association. 

40. Moved and agreed that the Association adjourn until 
1959 by the Moderator singing hymn 530. Benediction by 
Elder Charlie Powell. 

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ELDERJ. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Ass't. Mod. 
BRO. TRAVIC KNIGHT, Clerk 

PREACHING SERVICE 

Friday Evening — Elder John Charles sang hymn 200, prayer 
was led by Brother Jack Sherrod. Elder Charles read for the 
evening lesson the first chapter of John. Brother Mack Bunch 
sang hymn 356 and preached from John 15. Elder Joe W. 
Dickens preached from John 15. Elder Frank Bell sang hymn 
353 and preached from John 14. Elder John Charles sang 
hymn 3 and closed. Benediction by Elder Joe W. Dickens. 

SaturdayMorning — Brother Bunch opened by singing hymn 
353 and led in prayer. Elder John Charles read for the morn- 
ing lesson John 14. Brother Mack Bunch preached from John. 
Brother Debro Bunch sang hymn 531 and preached from Isa. 
40. Elder Melton sang hymn 76 and preached from John 3. 
Elder Joe Taylor sang hymn 200 and preached a wonderful 
sermon. Elder John Charles preached from Gen. Brother 
Willie Staton sang hymn 530 and closed. 

Saturday evening — Opened by singing hymn 530. Prayer 
was led bv Brother August Chadwick. Elder Willie Bullock 
sang hymn 76 and preached from Gen. 2. Elder John Pitt 
preached from Gen. 1. Elder Willie Carney preached from 
John 15. Elder Levi Hill sang hymn 356 and preached from 
Matt. 3. Elder John Charles spoke some encouraging words, 
and sang hymn 284 for closing. Benediction by Elder Joe 
W. Dickens. 

Saturday Night — Brother August Chadwick opened by sing- 
ing hymn 38 and offered prayer. Elder J. H. Dickens sang 
hymn 507. Elder Willie Bullock read for the evening lesson 
Rom. 9. Elder General Dickens preached from John 15. Elder 
Willie Bullock preached from 2 Cor. 15. Elder J. H. Dickens 
preached a wonderful sermon. Elder Joe W. Dickens preach- 
ed from Luke 15. Elder Willie Carney preached from no spec- 
ial text. The Moderator closed by singing hymn 582. Bene- 
diction by Elder Willie Bullock. 

Sunday Morning — Brother George Wimberly opened by sing- 
ing hymn 490. Prayer was led by Brother George Battle. 

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Elder J. H. Dickens read for the morning lesson Heb. 10. Elder 
Irwin Moore preached from no special text. Elder David 
Bullock preached a wonderful sermon. Elder Charlie Powell 
sang hymn 415 and preached from Gen. 6 :16. Elder Johnnie 
Pitt preached from John 15. Elder Joe Taylor sang hymn 
144 and preached from John 14. Elder Woodward preached, 
sang hymn 433 and preached a wonderful sermon. Elder 
Hubert Alston preached from John 11. Eld. John Charles gave 
some encouraging remarks. Brother Willie Staton sang hymn 
298 for closing. Benediction by Elder Charlie Powell. 

fUsfai -*-» S'f/yyu^vu^IRCVhAR LETTER 

This is the eleventh annual session of the Long Branch Prim- 
itive Baptist Association, held with the Long Branch Church 
in Edgecombe County, N. C, beginning on Friday before the 
third Sunday in October, 1958. 

Dear Brethren : — The Lord has blessed us to meet from north, 
south, east and west. We are thankful to our heavenly Father 
for preserving our lives. Oh, how good it is for brethren to 
dwell together in peace. God has commanded us to stand fast 
in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. Let us serve 
God with godly fear and pray that the word of God may have 
its free course and all we do be done in the glory of God. 

CORRESPONDING LETTER 

To whom it may concern : The beginning of the Eleventh An- 
nual Session of the Long Branch Primitive Baptists Association 
has frilled our hearts with gladness. We are glad to express our 
heartfelt thanks to God who rules both time and seasons, heaven 
and earth. Since meeting together in our annual session many 
of our friends have gone to their long awatited home and to us 
who have been spared the journey we mourn them. So brethren 
let us try to keep our hearts employed in the wonderful work 
of the Lord and the shortness of time and the length of eternity 
knowing the time that knows, jjpsi rSw will know us no more. 

Brethren remember us in your prayers that the chief Shep- 
herd will cause our correspondence to continue until travelling 
days are done. ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 

ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Ass't. Moderator 
BROTHER TRAVIC KNIGHT, Clerk 
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ORDAINED ELDERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder J. H. Dickens, R. F. D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder Joe Willis Dickens, Rt. 2, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder General Dickens, Rt. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

LICENSED MINISTERS 

Brother Tom Lloyd, Bethel, N. C. 

DEACONS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Bro. Mack Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. George Wimberly, R.F.D 4, Greenville, N. C. 

Bro. Austin Higgs, Rocky Mount, N. C. 

Bro. Jonah Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

Brother Jack Sherrod, Hobgood, N. C. 

Bro. James D. Dickens, R.F.D. 2, Tarboro, N. C . 

Bro. James Harrell, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES, PASTORS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Logsboro— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggett's Chapel— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Tar River Chapel — Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion— Elder J. H. Dickens, Rt. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES AND THEIR DEACONS 

Long Branch — Brother George Wimberly. 

Logsboro — Bro. Mack Dickens and James D. Dickens 

Leggett Chapel — Bros. Austin Higgs and George Wimberly 

Tar River Chapel — Bro. Jonah Knight 

Little Mount Zion — Brother Jack Sherrod 

CLERKS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Sister Dora Harrell. 

Logsboro — Brother Travis Knight, Rt. 2, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggett's Chapel — Sister Rolester Wimberly Greenville N.C. 
Tar River — Sister Mary E. Knight, Tarboro. N. C. 
Little Mount Zion— Bro. Travis Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

SABBATH MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — Third Sunday and Saturday before. 
Logsboro — Fourth Sunday and Saturday before. 
Leggett's Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Tar River Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Little Mount Zion^BQi^fd Sunday and Saturday before. 

QUARTERLY MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — February, May, August, November. 
Logsboro — February, May, August, November. 
Leggett Chapel — February, May, August, November. 
Tar River Chapel — March, June, September, December. 
Little Mount Zion — February, May, August, November. 

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RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each church agrees to hold conferences once a month. 

2. The Moderator and Clerk should be chosen by the majority ot 
the delegates present. 

3. Conference shall be opened by praise or prayer. 

4. The door of the church shall be opened for reception of members 
of fellowship. 

5. The state and standing of the church shall be inquired into. 

6. No member shall leave the conference without permission of the 
Moderator. 

7. The minority shall submit to the majority in all cases except 
receiving members to fellowship and to office. This shall be unanimous. 

8. Any business brought up in the church shall be read three times 
before aeted upon. 

9. We agree that if any member shall violate these rules, such 
members will be dealt with according to the gospel order. 

10. We agree to commune four times a year when all is well. 

11. We agree to wash feet four times a year at each church. 

12. No member shall have any right to contract any business of the 
church without the liberty to do so. 

13. If any member of the church becomes dissatisfied with the rules 
of the church they shall be excluded from fellowship until they can give 
satisfaction and then be restored. 

14. If any member shall wilfully absent himself from communion, he 
shall make his reason known to the church. 

15. If any member violates any of these he shall be brought to trial. 
He must be tried by his own church. 

16. If any minister, deacon, or clerk transgresses these rules, the 
church shall have power to call help from other churches to aid in 
settling it. 

17. We agree not to commune with any persons unless they are 
baptized in our faith and order. 

18. We agree to commune with predestinarian Baptists who are in 
good standing. 

19. If any member sees another transgressing the rules of the 
church and does not bring it to the church after applying the 18th 
Chapter of Matthew, they are liable to be tried before the church them- 
selves. Each church shall have a Moderator and be governed by the voice 
of the members. 

20. No exhorting minister shall be admitted to the stand only by 
preaching his Trial Sermon in a union or association. 

21. No ordination shall be done only in union or in association. 

22. No traffic or trade shall be carried on within 150 yards of the 
church grounds. 

23. No minister or member shall have a right to carry any of the 
corresponding association property to any other association. 

24. No members who have been withdrawn from fellowship will be 
allowed to come into the Association. He first shall get the right of his 
home church. The Long Branch Association was organized July 31st, 
1948, by the corresponding association and the assistance of the Beth- 
lehem and Radicue Associations. 

On August 23, 1948, the Board of Brethren met at Johnson Chapel 
Church in reorganizing council with the corresponding brethren and the 
Long Branch brethren. First Brother Deacon Joyner sang hymn 533 
and offered prayer. Then, on motion, agreed that Elder B. B. Exum 
be Moderator of Council. The house was announced in order for 

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business. On motion it was agreed that Elder S. T. Woodard be chosen 
for clerk. On motion, it was agreed that visiting brethren and messen- 
gers take a seat with us and feel themselves at home. 

Next, Brother Deacon Wimberly came forth and explained how the 
organizing of the Long Branch Association was carried out. Next, Elder 
B. B. Exuin came forth and explained what this called meeting was for. 
Next, Elder W. J. Moore and Elder J. H. Winstead came forth to talk 
on the meeting. On motion that minutes of the previous meeting be 
read, it was granted. On motion agreed that Elder B. B. Exum come 
forth and confess his error and beg the conference to forgive him. On 
motion, agreed that it be granted. On motion agreed that the Long 
Branch brethren be left in care of the corresponding association until 
their session meeting Friday before the third Sunday in October, 1948. 
On motion that the Long Branch brethren be in full fellowship with our 
corresponding churches wherever they be. 

On motion, agreed that the clerk will take these minutes home and 
straighten them out as best he can and mail them to the different 
brethren. 

It was granted. 

On motion that the minutes of the previous meeting, which they 
held, be received. It was granted by conference. 

On motion, agreed if no other business, conference adjourn by 
singing hymn 507. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Ass't. Moderator 
, BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Clerk 



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1. We believe in one true and living God; the Father, the Son, and 
the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are 
the words of God and the only faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of man's impotency to recover him- 
self from the fallen state he is in by nature of his own free will and 
ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
by reputed righteousness in Christ. 

5. We believe that God's elect shall be called, converted, and sanc- 
tified by the Holy Ghost. 

6. We believe in the doctrine of eternal, particular election. 

7. We believe that the saints shall be preserved in grace and never 
finally fall. 

8. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and washing of the 
saints' feet are ordinances and the true mode of baptism is by immer- 
sion. 

9. We believe in the resurrection of the dead. We believe that the 
punishment of the wicked will be everlasting and the joys of righteous 
shall be eternal. 

10. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinance of baptism and the Lord's Supper, except such as are regu- 
larly ordained presbytery. 

ELDER JAMES H. DICKENS, Moderator 
ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Ass't. Moderator 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Clerk 

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We are glad to meet you again in another annual session. 
Since our last letter to you, our statistics are as follows: 

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Excluded Dismissed by Letter 

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Minutes 

OF THE 

Twelfth 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

Long Branch 
Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

LOGSBORO CHURCH 

EDGECOMB COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 

FRIDAY BEFORE THE THIRD SUNDAY 

IN OCTOBER, 



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Next session of this Association convenes with the Tar 

River Chapel Church in Tarboro, North Carolina, Friday 

before the third Sunday, October, 9160. 



— OFFICERS — 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS Moderator 

ELDER JOHN CHARLES Assistant Moderator 

BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT Clerk 

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Proceedings 

OF THE TWELFTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE LONG BRANCH 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, HELD WITH THE 

LOGSBORO CHURCH, EDGECOMB COUNTY, N. C, FRIDAY 

BEFORE THE THIRD SUNDAY IN OCTOBER, 1959. 

FRIDAY MORNING SESSION, October 16, 1959 

Brother George Wimberly opened by singing hymn 141 ; 
prayer was led by Brother Willie Station, Elder J. H. Dickins 
who was chosen to preach the introductotry sermon, sang hymn 
364 and read for the morning lesson John 1 :1 and preached. 

Elder John Charles who was chosen to preach the alternate 
sermon sang hymn 3 and preached from John 14. Elder J. H. 
Dickens sang hymn 355. Benediction by Elder B. B. Exnm. 
Closed for one hour. 

FRIDAY EVENING SESSION 

Brother George Wimberly opened by singing hymn 353 ; 
prayer was led by Brother George Battle. The Moderator 
announced the house open for business. 

1. Moved and agreed that Elder J. H. Dickins be our Mod- 
erator for the next twelve months. 

2. Moved and agreed that Brother Travis Knight be the 
association Clerk for the next twelve months. 

3. Moved and agreed that Brother George Wimberly be our 
mouth speaker for the next twelve months. 

4. Moved and agreed Brother Mack Dickins be the associa- 
tion treasurer for the next twelve months. 

5. Moved and agreed that all other committees remain the 
same. 

6. Moved and agreed that the delegates and messengers be 
invited to sit with us and take part in our conference. 

7. Moved and agreed that the visiting brothers and sisters 
be invited to sit with us and feel at home. 

8. Moved and agreed that the list of churches be called Long 
Branch, Leggets Chapel, Logsboro, Tar River Chapel, Little 
Mount Zion; all present. 



9. Moved and agreed that a door be opened for receiving 
new churches : none came. 

10. Moved and agreed that a committee of three be appointed 
to arrange preaching during the session. They were as follows: 
Elder John Charles, Elder Joe W. Dickins, Brother James D. 
Dickins. The committee reported as follows: 1, Elder Joe W- 
Dickens; 2, Elder Woodward; 3, Elder W. M. Weaver. 

11. Moved and agreed that the report of the committee be 
received. 

12. Moved and agreed that Elder Joe W. Dickins record the 
preacher's texts during the session. 

13. Moved and agreed tha,t the delegates from the sister 
associations with whom we correspond now make their report. 
Elder G. W. Thorpe came forward from the Radicue Association 
with a file of minutes representing peace and love and desiring 
correspondence to continue. 

14. Moved and agreed that the delegates from the Radicue 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand. Elder Cecil Alston came forward from the Cooper's 
Grove Association with a file of minutes representing peace and 
love and desiring correspondence to continue. 

15. Moved and agreed that the delegates from the Coopers r 
Grove Association be received by the Moderator extending the 
right hand of fellowship to the delegate. Elder Oswald Keys 
Keys came forth from the Union Line Association with a file 
of minutes representing peace and love and desiring correspond- 
ence to continue. 

16. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Union Line 
be received by the Moderator extending the right hand of 
fellowship to the delegate. Brother Augusta Chadwick came 
forth from the Loving Association with a file of minutes repre- 
senting peace and love and desiring correspondence to continue. 

17. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Loving 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegate Elder Alex Jones came forth 
from Bethlehem Association with a file of minutes representing 
peace and love and desiring correspondence to continue. 

18. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Bethlehem 

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Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

Elder B. B. Exum came forth from the Corresponding Asso- 
ciation with a file of minutes representing peace and love and 
desiring correspondence to continue. 

19. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Correspond- 
ing Association be received by the Moderator extending the 
right hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

Elder Lawrence Beid came forth from the Contentnea Asso- 
ciation with a file of minutes representing peace and love and 
desiring correspondence to continue, 

20. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Contentnea 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

21. Moved and agreed that the Corresponding Letter be 
called for and printed in the 1959 minutes. 

22. Moved and agreed that the petitionary letters be called 
for: none received. 

23. Moved and agreed that we will see where the next session 
of our association will meet. The Long Branch Association will 
convene with the Tar River Chapel Church in Tarboro, N. C, 
beginning, Friday before the third Sunday in October, 1960. 

24. Moved and agreed that Elder John Charles preach the 
introductory sermon and Elder J. H. Dickins preach the alter- 
nate. 

25. Moved and agreed that the Long Branch Conference ad- 
journ until tomorrow morning at 10:00 o'clock. 

ELDER J. H. DICKINS, Moderator 
ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Ass't. 
BRO. TRAVIS KNIGHT, Clerk 



SATURDAY MORNING SESSION 

The Association was called to order by Brother George Wim- 
berly by singing hymn 355 ; prayer was led by Brother Jonah 
Knight, The Moderator announced the Association open for 
business. 

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26. Moved and agreed that the list of churches be called. All 
present. 

27. Moved snd agreed that Friday evening session be read 
and approved. 

28. Moved and agreed that Friday evening session be received 
and all errors corrected. 

29. Moved and agreed that the committee on arrangement 
make their report as follows : 1, Elder Frank Bell ; 2, Elder 
Willie Bullock ; 3, Elder Dossie Battle. 

30. Moved and agreed that the report be received. 

31. Moved and agreed the Association letter be called for. 

32. Moved and agreed the roll of delegates be called : all 
present. 

33. Moved and agreed to take up unfinished business. 

34. Moved and agreed that Ave choose our delegates to visit 
our corresponding associations. It was moved and agreed to send 
the delegates as follows : 

Contcntnea : Elder John Charles, 1959. 
Coopers Grove : Elder J. H. Dickins, 1960. 
Bethlehem : Elder Joe W. Dickins, 1960. 
Radieue : Elder General Diekins, 1960. 
Loving : Elder John Charles, 1960. 
Union Line : Elder Joe W. Dickins, 1960. 
Corresponding : Elder J. H. Dickins, 1960. 

35. Moved and agreed that the Clerk have 250 copies of these 
minutes printed under the supervision of the Moderator. 

36. Moved and agreed that the Association take up collection. 

Received from churches $ 75.00 

Penny Collection 64.72 

In Old Treasury 29.25 .$168.97 

Expenses of the Association $ 90.50 

Balance in Treasury $ 78.47 

37. Moved and agreed that the finance report be received. 

38. Moved and agreed that the Rules of Decorum and the 
Church Government and Abstract of Principles be printed in 
the minutes for 1959. 

39. Moved and agreed that the Finance Committee pay off 
the indebtedness of the association. 

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•40. Moved and agreed that the Association adjourn until 1960 
by singing hymn 393. Benediction by the Moderator. 

ELDER J. H. DICKINS, Moderator 
ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Ass't. 
BRO. TRAVIS KNIGHT, Clerk 

PREACHING SERVICE 

Friday Night : Brother Mack Die-kins opened by singing hymn 
345 ;• prayer was led by Brother Jonah Knight. Elder John 
Charles read for the evening lesson St. John 14. Elder General 
Dickins arose and preached from St. John 15. Elder James H. 
Dickins preached no special text. Elder Ben Cherry preached 
a wonderful sermon. Benediction by Elder J. H. Dickins. 

Saturday Evening: Bro. George Wimberly opened by singing 
hymn 353. Bro. Augusta Chadwick led in prayer. Elder John 
Charles read for the evening lesson John 14. Elder Frank Bell 
sang hymn 3 and preached from John 14. Elder- David Bullock 
sang hymn 393 and preached from John 11. Elder Dorsey 
Battle preached from John 1. Elder Levy Edwards preached 
from John 1. Elder John Charles spoke a. few encouraging 
words. Elder J. H. Dickins arose and bore wifeless to what had 
been said and closed by singing hymn 275. Benediction by Elder 
Cecil Alston. 

Saturday Night : Brother George Wimberly opened by 
singing hymn 689. Brother Johnnie Wooders led in prayer. 
Elder John Charles read for the evening lesson Gen. 7. Elder 
Alex Jones preaeed from Psalms. Elder Simon Short sang 
hymn 161 and preached from Isa. 6. Elder Jim Woodward sang 
hymn 198 and preached from Psalms. Elder Willie Carney 
preached from Matt. 16. Eld. Oswald Keys sang hymn 18 and 
preached from Psalms. Elder John Charles preached from Gen. 
7. Elder J. H. Dickens arose and gave some encouraging re- 
marks and closed by singing hymn 626. Benediction by Elder 
John Charles. 

Sunday Morning : Brother George Wimberly opened by sing- 
ing hymn 533. Brother James Jones led in prayer. Elder John 
Charles read for the morning lesson Gen. 7. Elder Alex Jones 

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sang symn 440 and preached from John 5 :5. Elder B. B. 
Exum preached from Acts 5. Elder J. H. Dickins preached 
from John 15 :1. Elder Lawrence Reid sang hymn 128 and 
preached from Tim. 2 :1. Elder Warren Cooper preached from 
Daniel. Elder Oswald Keys sang hymn 364 and preached from 
Rev. 1 :2. Elder C. L. Alston sang hymn 490 and preached 
from John 3 :19. Elder John Charles gave some encouraging 
remarks. Brother Willie Station sang the closing hymn. Bene- 
diction by Elder John Charles. 



CIRCULAR LETTER 

This is the twelfth annual session of the Long Branch Prim- 
itive Baptist Association, held with the Logsboro Clrarch in 
Edgecombe County, N. C, beginning on Friday before the third 
Sunday in October, 1959. 

Dear Brethren : — The Lord has blessed us to meet from north, 
south, east and west. We are thankful to our heavenly Father 
for preserving our lives. Oh, how good it is for brethren to dwell 
together in peace. God has commanded us to stand fast in the 
liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. Let us serve God 
with godly fear and pray that the word of God may have its 
free course and all we do be done in the glory of God. 

CORRESPONDING LETTER 

To whom it may concern : 

Dear Brethren in Christ: — I do thank God for the many 
blessings that He has bestowed on all of us. We have been won- 
derfully blessed to meet in another annual association to give 
thanks and pray to the Almighty God of heaven, trusting our 
correspondence will continue as long as time shall last. 

Let us not forget to pray for one another when we are apart. 

Come to see us any time you can. Finally, good-by until we 
meet again. 

GEORGE WIMBERLEY 

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ORDAINED ELDERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder J. H. Dickens, R. F. D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder Joe Willis Dickens, Rt. 2, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder General Dickens, Rt. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

LICENSED MINISTERS 

Brother Tom Lloyd, Bethel, N. C. 

DEACONS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Bro. Mack Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. George Wimberly, R.F.D. 4, Greenville, N. C. 

Bro. Austin Higgs, Rocky Mount, N. C. 

Bro. Jonah Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

Brother Jack Sherrod, Hobgood, N. C. 

Bro. James D. Dickens, R.F.D. 2, Tarboro, X. C . 

Bro. James Harrell, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES, PASTORS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Logsboro— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggett's Chapel— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Tar River Chapel — Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion— Elder J. H. Dickens, Rt. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES AND THEIR DEACONS 

Long Branch — Brother George Wimberly. 

Logsboro — Bro. Mack Dickens and James D. Dickens 

Leggett Chapel — Bros. Austin Kiggs and George Wimberly 

Tar River Chapel — Bro. Jonah Knight 

Little Mount Zion — Brother Jack Sherrod 

CLERKS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Sister Dora Harrell. 

Logsboro — Brother Travis Knight, Rt. 2, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggett's Chapel — Sister Rolester Wimberly Greenville N.C- 
Tar River — Sister Mary E. Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion — Bro. Travis Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

SABBATH MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — Third Sunday and Saturday before. 
Logsboro — Fourth Sunday and Saturday before. 
Leggett's Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Tar River Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Little Mount Zion — Third Sunday and Saturday before. 

QUARTERLY MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — February, May, August, November. 
Logsboro — February, May, August, November. 
Leggett Chapel — February, May, August, November. 
Tar River Chapel — March, June, September, December. 
Little Mount Zion — February, May, August, November. 

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RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each church agrees to hold conferences once a month. 

2. The Moderator and Clerk should be chosen by the majority ol 
the delegates present. 

3. Conference shall be opened by praise or prayer. 

4. The door of the church shall be opened for reception of members 
of fellowship. 

5. The state and standing of the church shall be inquired into. 

6. No member shall leave the conference without permission of the 
Moderator. 

7. The minority shall submit to the majority in all cases except 
receiving members to fellowship and to office. This shall be unanimous. 

8. Any business brought up in the church shall be read three times 
before acted upon. 

9. We agree that if any member shall violate these rules, such 
members will be dealt witli according to the gospel order. 

10. We agree to commune four times a year when all is well. 

11. We agree to wash feet four times a year at each church. 

12. No member shall have any right to contract any business of the 
church without the liberty to do so. 

13. If any member of the church becomes dissatisfied with the rules 
of the church they shall be excluded from fellowship until they can give 
satisfaction and then be restored. 

14. If any member shall wilfully absent himself from communion, lie 
shall make his reason known to the church. 

15. If any member violates any of these he shall be brought to trial. 
He must be tried by his own church. 

16. If any minisrtrt, deacon, or clerk transgresses these rules, the 
church shall have power to call help from oilier churches to aid in 
settling it. 

17. We agree not to commune with any persons unless they are 
baptized in our faith and order. 

18. We agree to commune with pvedeitinarian Baptists who are in 
good standing. 

19. If any member sees another transgressing the rules of the 
church and does not bring it to the church after applying the 1 8th 
Chapter of Matthew, they are liable to be tried before the church them- 
selves. Each church shall have a Moderator and be governed by the voice 
of the members. 

20. No exhorting minister shall be admitted to the stand only by 
preaching his Trial Sermon in a union or association. 

21. No ordination shall be done only in union or in association. 

22. No traffic or trade shall be carried on within 150 yards of the 
church grounds. 

28. No minister or member shall have a right to carry any of the 
corresponding association property to any other association. 

24. No members who have been withdrawn from fellowship will be 
allowed to come into the Association. He first shall get the right of his 
home church. The Long Branch Association was organized July 31st, 
1948, by the corresponding association and the assistance of the Beth- 
lehem and Radicue Associations. 

On August 23, 1948, the Board of Brethren met at Johnson Chapel 
Church in reorganizing council with the corresponding brethren and the 
Long Branch brethren. First Brother Deacon Joyner sang hymn 533 
and offered prayer. Then, on motion, agreed that Elder B. B. Exum 
be Moderator of Council. The house was announced in order for 



business. On motion it was agreed that Elder S. T. Woodard be chosen 
for clerk. On motion, it was agreed that visiting brethren and messen- 
gers take a seat with us and feel themselves at home. 

Next, Brother Deacon Wimberly came forth and explained how the 
organizing of the Long Branch Association was carried out. Next, Elder 
B. B. Exum came forth and explained what this called meeting was for. 
Next, Elder W. J. Moore and Elder J. H. Winstead came forth to talk 
on the meeting. On motion that minutes of the previous meeting be 
read, it was granted. On motion agreed that Elder B. B. Exum come 
forth and confess his error and beg the conference to forgive him. On 
motion, agreed that it be granted. On motion agreed that the Long 
Branch brethren be left in care of the corresponding association until 
their session meeting Friday before the third Sunday in October, 1948. 
On motion that the Long Branch brethren be in full fellowship with our 
corresponding churches wherever they be. 

On motion, agreed that the clerk will take these minutes home and 
straighten them out as best he can and mail them to the different 
brethren. 

It was granted. 

On motion that the minutes of the previous meeting, which they 
held, be received. It was granted by conference. 

On motion, agreed if no other business, conference adjourn by 
singing hymn 507. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Ass't. Moderator 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Clerk 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in one true and living God; the Father, the Son, and 
the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are 
the words of God and the only faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of man's impotency to recover him- 
self from the fallen state he is in by nature of his own free will and 
ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
by reputed righteousness in Christ. 

5. We believe that God's elect shall be called, converted, and sanc- 
tified by the Holy Ghost. 

6. We believe in the doctrine of eternal, particular election. 

7. We believe that the saints shall be preserved in grace and never 
finally fall. 

8. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and washing of the 
saints' feet are ordinances and the true mode of baptism is by immer- 
sion. 

9. We believe in the resurrection of the dead. We believe that the 
punishment of the wicked will be everlasting and the joys of righteous 
shall be eternal. 

10. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinance of baptism and the Lord's Supper, except such as are regu- 
larly ordained presbytery. 

ELDER JAMES H. DICKENS, Moderator 
ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Ass't. Moderator 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Clerk 



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OF THE TWELFTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE LONG BRANCH 

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, HELD WITH THE 

LOGSBORO CHURCH, EDGECOMB COUNTY, N. C, FRIDAY 

BEFORE THE THIRD SUNDAY IN OCTOBER, 1959. 

FRIDAY MORNING SESSION, October 16, 1959 

Brother George Wimberly opened by singing hymn 141 ; 
prayer was led by Brother "Willie Station, Elder J. H. Dickins 
who was chosen to preach the introductotry sermon, sang hymn 
364 and read for the morning lesson John 1 :1 and preached. 

Elder John Charles who was chosen to preach the alternate 
sermon sang hymn 3 and preached from John 14. Elder J. H. 
Dickens sang hymn 355. Benediction by Elder B. B. Exum. 
Closed for one hour. 

FRIDAY EVENING SESSION 

Brother George Wimberly opened by singing hymn 353; 
prayer was led by Brother George Battle. The Moderator 
announced the house open for business. 

1. Moved and agreed that Elder J. H. Dickins be our Mod- 
erator for the next twelve months. 

2. Moved and agreed that Brother Travis Knight be the 
association Clerk for the next twelve months. 

3. Moved and agreed that Brother George Wimberly be our 
mouth speaker for the next twelve months. 

4. Moved and agreed Brother Mack Dickins be the associa- 
tion treasurer for the next twelve months. 

5. Moved and agreed that all other committees remain the 
same. 

6. Moved and agreed that the delegates and messengers be 
invited to sit with us and take part in our conference. 

7. Moved and agreed that the visiting brothers and sisters 
be invited to sit with us and feel at home. 

8. Moved and agreed that the list of churches be called Long 
Branch, Leggets Chapel, Logsboro, Tar River Chapel, Little 
Mount Zion; all present. 



9. Moved and agreed that a door be opened for receiving" 
new churches : none came. 

10. Moved and agreed that a committee of three be appointed 
to arrange preaching during the session. They were as follows : 
Elder John Charles, Elder Joe W. Dickins, Brother James D. 
Dickins. The committee reported as follows: 1, Elder Joe W. 
Dickens; 2, Elder Woodward; 3, Elder W. M. Weaver. 

11. Moved and agreed that the report of the committee be 
received. 

12. Moved and agreed that Elder Joe W. Dickins record the 
preacher's texts during the session. 

13. Moved and agreed that the delegates from the sister 
associations with whom we correspond now make their report. 
Elder G. W. Thorpe came forward from the Radicue Association 
with a file of minutes representing peace and love and desiring 
correspondence to continue. 

14. Moved and agreed that the delegates from the Radicue 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand. Elder Cecil Alston came forward from the Cooper's 
Grove Association with a file of minutes representing peace and 
love and desiring correspondence to continue. 

15. Moved and agreed that the delegates from the Coopers' 
Grove Association be received by the Moderator extending the 
right hand of fellowship to the delegate. Elder Oswald Keys 
Keys came forth from the Union Line Association with a file 
of minutes representing peace and love and desiring correspond- 
ence to continue. 

16. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Union Line 
be received by the Moderator extending the right hand of 
fellowship to the delegate. Brother Augusta Chadwick came 
forth from the Loving Association with a file of minutes repre- 
senting peace and love and desiring correspondence to continue. 

17. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Loving 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegate Elder Alex Jones came forth 
from Bethlehem Association with a file of minutes representing 
peace and love and desiring correspondence to continue. 

18. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Bethlehem 

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We, the members of 

Primitive Baptist Church, send Greeting to the 



We hope you will have a loving Association. 
We send to git with you 



We are glad to meet you again in another annual session. 

Since our last letter to you, our statistics are as follows: 

Received by Baptism Received by Letter . . 

Excluded Dismissed by Letter 

Excluded Total Membership 

We »end as a donation $ 

Ordained Ministers Licensed Minister* . . 



Done by order of the church , 195 

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Elder ,Pa»tor 

Clerk 

Assistant Clerk 

All churches are requested to use this blank for in writing to the 
Association. 



BLANK FORM OF LETTER TO ASSOCIATION 

North Carolina County 



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(Month) (Year) 



We, the members of 

Primitive Baptist Church, send Greeting to the 



We hope you will have a loving Association. 
We send to sit with you 



We are glad to meet you again in another annual session. 

Since our last letter to you, our statistics are as follows: 

Received by Baptism Received by Letter . 

Excluded Dismissed by Letter 

Excluded Total Membership 

We »end as a donation $ 

Ordained Ministers Licensed Ministers . 



Done by order of the church , 195 

(Month) (Year 



Elder .Pastor 

Clerk 

Assistant Clerk 

All churches are requested to use this blank for in writing to the 
Association. 



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OK THE 

Thirteenth 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

Long Branch 
Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

Tar River Chapel Church 

EDGECOMBE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 
FRIDAY BEFORE THIRD SUNDAY IN OCTOBER 

^1960B** 

Next session of this Association convenes with the 

Leggett Chapel Church in Leggetts, North Carolina. 

Come on highway 44 or 97. 

— OFFICERS — 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS Moderator 

ELDER JOHN CHARLES Assistant Moderator 

ELDER JOE W. DICKENS Clerk 



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Proceedings 



OF THE THIRTEENTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE 
LONG BRANCH PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 
HELD WITH THE TAR RIVER CHURCH, EDGECOMBE COUNTY, 
N. C, FRIDAY BEFORE THIRD SUNDAY IN OCTOBER, 1S60. 

FRIDAY MORNING SESSION 

Brother George Wimberly opened by singing hymn 141. 
Elder Daniel Staton led in prayer. Elder John Charles read for 
the morning lesson St. John 14. Elder John Charles, who was 
chosen to preach the Introductory sermon preached from the 
14th chapter of St. John. Elder James H. Dickens who was 
chosen to preach the alternate sermon preached from St. John 
2. Elder Daniel Staton sang for the closing hymn 147. Bene- 
diction by Elder Amos Humphrey. 

FRIDAY EVENING SESSION 

Brother George Wimberly opened by singing hymn 345. 
Prayer was offered by Elder Holt. The Moderator arose and 
announced the conference opened for business. 

Moved and agreed Elder James H. Dickens be the Moderator 
of the Long Branch Association for the next twelve months. 

2. Moved and agreed Elder Joe W. Dickens be the Clerk of 
the Long Branch Association for the next twelve months. 

3. Moved and agreed Brother George Wimberly be the 
mouth speaker for the Long Branch Association for the next 
twelve months. 

4/ Moved that Brother Mack Dickens be the treasurer of the 
Long Branch Association for the next twelve months. Brother 
Mack arose, asking the Association to relieve him of the office 
of treasurer, that his eye-sight was failing him very badly, and 
also his mind and he didn 't have a helpmate any longer to help 
him remember where he put things. The Brethren looked into 
the matter and had mercy on brother Mack and relieved him 
as Treasurer. Brother Mack arose and thanked the Association. 

5. Moved and agreed Brother James Sharpe be the Treasurer 
of the Long Branch Association for the next twelve months. 

6. Moved and agreed all other committees remain the same. 

7. Moved and agreed that the delegates and messengers be 



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invited to sit with ns and take part in our conference. 

8. Moved and agreed that the visiting brothers and sisters 
be invited to sit with us and feel themselves at home. 

9. Moved and agreed that the list of churches be called. 
Long Branch, Leggett Chapel, Logsboro, Tar River Chapel, 

and Little Mount Zion. All present. 

10. Moved and agreed that a door be opened for receiving 
new churches. None came. 

11. Moved and agreed that a committee of three be appointed 
to arrange preaching from day to day. The committee as follows : 
Elder John Charles, Brother James D. Dickens and Brother 
Jonah Knight. 

12. Moved and agreed Brother Jonah Knight go to the stand 
and record the preachers' texts from day to day. 

13. Moved and agreed that the sister associations with whom 
we correspond make their report. Elder Miles Wooten from the 
Radicue Association came forward with a file of minutes, re- 
porting peace and love and desiring correspondence to continue. 

14. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Radicue 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

15. Elder Benjamin Cherry from the Bethlehem Association 
came forward with a file of minutes reportnig peace and love 
and desiring correspondence to continue. 

16. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Bethlehem 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

17. Elder Sandy Brown from the Corresponding Association 
came forward with a file of minutes, reporting peace and love 
and desiring correspondence to continue. 

18. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Correspond- 
ing Association be received by the Moderator extending the 
right hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

19. Elder David Bullock from the Union Line Association 
came forward with a file of minutes, reporting peace and love 
and desiring correspondence to continue. 

20. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Union Line 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 

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hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

21. Elder Holt from the Contentnea Association came for- 
ward with a file of minutes reporting peace and love and 
desiring correspondence to continue. 

22. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Contentnea 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

23. Elder Moore from the Coopers Grove Associoation came 
forward with a file of minutes reporting peace and love and 
desiring correspondence to continue. 

24. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Coopers 
Grove Association be received by the Moderator extending the 
right hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

25. Elder Amos Humphrey from the Loving Association 
came forward with a file of minutes, reporting peace and love 
and desiring correspondence to continue. 

26. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Loving 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

27. Moved and agreed the Corresponding letter be called for 
and printed in the 1960 minutes. 

28. Moved and agreed that the petitionary letters be called 
for. None received. 

29. Moved and agreed we will see where the next session of 
the Long Branch Association will set. 

The Long Branch Association will set at Leggetts Chapel 
Church, Friday before the third Sunday in October, 1961. 

30. Moved and agreed Elder Joe W. Dickens preach the In- 
troductory sermon. Elder John Charles preach the alternate 
sermon. 

31. Moved and agreed that the Long Branch Association 
conference adjourn until tomorrow morning, 10:00 o'clock. 

• Elder James H. Dickens, Moderator 

Elder John Charles, Ass't Moderator 
Elder Joe W. Dickens, Clerk 



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SATURDAY MORNING SESSION 

32. The Long Branch Association conference was called to 
order by Brother George Wimberly, singing hymn 353. Elder 
Holt from the Contentnea Association led in prayer. The Mod- 
erator arose and announced the conference opened for business. 

33. Moved and agreed that the list of churches be called. All 
present. 

34. Moved and agreed that the minutes of Friday evening 
session be read and approved. 

35. Moved and agreed that Friday evening session be received 
and all errors corrected. 

36. Elder Wade from the Mount Zion Association arose and 
said he had come to visit us. He had been planning to come 
for a long time and had gotten a chance by staying over from 
another Association. We are always glad to have visitors. 
Brethren, it is good to live so some one will want to visit you. 

37. Moved and agreed that the Committee on Arrangements 
make their report as follows. (1) Elder General Dickens, (2) 
Elder Charlie Bullock, (3) Elder John Wade. 

38. Moved and agreed that the report be received. 

39. Moved and agreed the Association letter be called for. 

40. Moved and agreed that the roll of delegates be called. 
All present. 

41. Moved and agreed to take up unfinished business. 

42. Moved and agreed that we choose our delegates to visit 
our sister associations. Moved and agreed to send the delegates 
as follows: 

Contentnea : Elder James H. Dickens, 1960. 
Bethlehem: Elder John Charles, 1961. 
Coopers Grove : Elder Joe W. Dickens, 1961. 
Union Line: Brother George Wimberly, 1961. 
Corresponding : Elder General Dickens, 1961. 
Radicue : Elder Joe W. Dickens, 1961. 
Loving : Elder James H. Dickens, 1961. 

43. Moved and agreed that the Clerk have 250 copies of these 
minutes printed under the supervision of the Moderator. 

44. Moved and agreed that the Association take up collection. 

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Received from churches $ 75.00 

Penny Collection 97.37 

Old Treasury 4.47 $176.84 

Expenses of the Association $103.63 

Balance in Treasury $ 73.21 

45. Moved and agreed that the Finance report be received. 

46. Moved and agreed that the Rules of Decorum, Church 
Government and Abstract of Principles be printed in the 
minutes for 1960. 

47. Moved and agreed that the Finance Committee pay off 
the indebtedness of the Association. 

48. Moved and agreed that the Association adjourn untii 
1961 by the Moderator singing hymn 397. Benediction by Elder 
Worsley. 

Elder James H. Dickens, Moderator 
Elder John Charles, Ass't Moderator 
Elder Joe W. Dickens, Clerk 



PREACHING SERVICES 

Friday Night — Brother Jonah Knight opened by singing 
hymn 200. Prayer was led by Brother James Horrell. Elder 
John Charles read for the scripture lesson St. John 15. Elder 
General Dickens preached from the same chapter. Elder Miles 
Wooten from the Radicue Association arose and sang hymn 382 
and preached from the 12th chapter of St. John. Elder Willie 
Bullock from the Radicue Association preached from Gen. 49. 
Elder John Wade, a visitor from the Mount Zion Association 
preached from St. John 14:12. Elder John Charles sang for 
the closing hjnin 507. Benediction by Elder James H. Dickens. 

Saturday Morning — Brother George Wimberly opened by 
singing hymn 141. Elder Holt from the Contentnea Association 
led in prayer. Elder John Charles read the scripture lesson from 
St. John 14. Elder General Dickens preached from John 14. 
Elder Charlie Bullock preached from the same text. Elder 
Simon Short from the Corresponding Association preached a 

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wonderful sermon. Elder John Wade, a visitor from the Mount 
Zion Association arose, sang hymn 188 and preached from Deut. 
17 :4. Closed for one hour by the Moderator singing hymn 530. 

Saturday Evening — Elder John Charles opened by singing 
hymn 3. Prayer was led by Elder Benjamin Cherry from the 
Bethlehem Association. Elder Irvin Moore from the Coopers 
Grove Association preached from John 14. Elder David Bullock 
from the Union Association arose and preached from Psa. 129. 
Elder Sandy Brown arose, sang hymn 3 and preached wonder- 
fully. Elder Amos Humphrey from the Loving Association 
arose and preached from St. Matthew 5. Closed for the evening. 
Benediction by Elder General Dickens. 

Saturday Night — Brother George Wimberly opened by sing- 
ing hymn 530. Prayer was led by Elder Willie Broswell from 
the Bethlehem Association. Elder John Charles read for the 
scripture lesson John 15. Elder Benjamin Cherry arose and 
sang hymn 355 and preached wonderfully. Subject : I am that 
I am. Elder Earl Holt arose and preached wonderfully from the 
same subject. Elder Worsley arose and sang hymn 492 and 
preached with the Spirit. Elder Willie Broswell arose, sang 
hymn 141 and preached from John 15. Elder Amos Humphrey 
arose and preached wonderfully. Closing hymn, Elder James 
H. Dickens, 507. 

Sunday Morning — Brother George Wimberly opened by sing- 
ing hymn 141. Prayer was led by Elder W. B. Enoch from the 
Coopers Grove Association. Elder John Charles read for the 
scripture lesson John 14. Elder Hold sang hymn 364 and 
preached wonderfully. Elder Irvin Moore from the Coopers 
Grove Association arose and preached from John 1. Elder 
David Bullock arose and sang hymn 689 and preached from 
Psa. 90. Elder Miles Wooten arose, sang hymn 56 and chose for 
a text John 18 :1. Elder Sandy Brown arose and sang hymn 
38 and preached from John 1 :1. Elder Benjamin Cherry arose 
and preached wonderfully. Elder Amos Humphrey arose and 
preached from John 9. Elder Johnny Morning arose and sang 
hymn 188. His subject : The Lord is able. Elder Hubert Alston 
from the Coopers Grove Association arose and preached from 

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John 11 and he preached wonderfully and with the Spirit. Our 
souls were set on fire and we will long remember this Association. 
Elder Robert Revis arose and sang hymn 680 and closed. Bene- 
diction by Elder Robert Revis. 

Elder James H. Dickens, Moderator 
Elder John Charles, Ass't Moderator 
Elder Joe W. Dickens, Clerk 



CIRCULAR LETTER 



This is the thirteenth Annual Session of the Long Branch 
Primitive Baptist Association, held with the Tar River Church 
in Edgecombe County, N. C, beginning Friday before the third 
Sunday in October, 1960. 

Dear Brethren : The Lord has blessed us to meet from the 
north, south, east and west. We are thankful to our heavenly 
Father for preserving our lives. Oh how good it is for brethren 
to dwell together in peace. God has commanded us to stand fast 
in the libertv wherewith Christ has made us free. Let us serve 
God with godly fear and pray that the word of God may have 
its free course and all we do be done to the glory of God. 

CORRESPONDING LETTER 

To whom it may concern : 

Dear Brethren in Christ: I do thank God for the many 
blessings that He has bestowed on all of us. We have been won- 
derfully blessed to meet in another annual association to give 
thanks and pray to the Almighty God of heaven, trusting our 
correspondence will continue as long as time shall last. 

Let us not forget to pray for one another when we are 
apart. Come to see us any time you can. Finally, good-bye 
until we meet again. 

Elder James H. Dickens, Moderator 
Elder Joe W. Dickens, Clerk 

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ORDAINED ELDERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder J. H. Dickens, R. F. D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder Joe W. Dickens, Rt. 2, Box 141A, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder General Dickens, Rt. 2, Box 18, Tarboro, N. C. 

LICENSED MINISTERS 

Brother Tom Lloyd, Bethel, N. C. 

DEACONS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Brother Mack Dickens, Rt. 2, Box 18, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. George Wimberly, R.F.D. 4, Greenville, N. C. 

Bro. Austin Higgs, Rocky Mount, N. C. 

Bro. Jonah Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

Brother Jack Sherrod, Hobgood, N. C. 

Brother James D. Dickens, Rt. 1, Hobgood, N. C. 

Bro. James Harrell, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES, PASTORS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Logsboro— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggett's Chapel— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C 
Tar River Chapel — Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion — Elder J. H. Dickens, Rt. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES AND THEIR DEACONS 

Long Branch — Brother George Wimberly. 

Logsboro — Bro. Mack Dickens and James D. Dickens 

Leggett Chapel — Bros. Austin Higgs and George Wimberl> 

Tar River Chapel — Bro. Jonah Knight 

Little Mount Zion — Brother Jack Sherrod 

CLERKS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Sister Alice Peace, Tarboro, N. C. 
Logsboro — Sister Battle, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggett's Chapel— Sister Rolester Wimberly Greenville N.C 
Tar River — Sister Mary E. Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion — Sister Alice Peace, Tarboro, N. C. 

SABBATH MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — Third Sunday and Saturday before. 
Logsboro — Fourth Sunday and Saturday before. 
Leggett's Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Tar River Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Little Mount Zion — Second Sunday and Saturday before. 

QUARTERLY MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — February, May, August, November. 
Logsboro — February, May, August, November. 
Leggett Chapel — February, May, August, November. 
Tar River Chapel — March, June, September, December. 
Little Mount Zion — February, May, August, November. 

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RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each church agrees to hold conferences once a month. 

2. The Moderator and Clerk should be chosen by the majority ol 
the delegates present. 

3. Conference shall be opened by praise or prayer. 

4. The door of the church shall be opened for reception of members 
of fellowship. 

5. The state and standing of the church shall be inquired into. 

6. No member shall leave the conference without permission of the 
Moderator. 

7. The minority shall submit to the majority in all cases except 
receiving members to fellowship and to office. This shall be unanimous. 

8. Any business brought up in the church shall be read three times 
before acted upon. 

9. We agree that if any member shall violate these rules, such 
•nembers will be dealt with according to the gospel order. 

10. We agree to commune four times a year when all is well. 

11. We agree to wash feet four times a year at each church. 

12. No member shall have any right to contract any business of the 
church without the liberty to do so. 

13. If any member of the church becomes dissatisfied with the rules 
of the church they shall be excluded from fellowship until they can give 
satisfaction and then be restored. 

14. If any member shall wilfully absent himself from communion, he 
shall make his reason known to the church. 

15. If any member violates any of these he shall be brought to trial. 
He must be tried by his own church. 

16. If any ministf, deacon, or clerk transgresses these rules, the 
church shall have power to call help from other churches to aid in 
settling it. 

17. We agree not to commune with any persons unless they are 
baptized in our faith and order. 

18. We agree to commune with predestinarian Baptists who are in 
good standing. 

19. If any member sees another transgressing the rules of the 
church and does not bring it to the church after applying the 18th 
Chapter of Matthew, they are liable to be tried before the church them- 
selves. Each church shall have a Moderator and be governed by the voice 
of the members. 

20. No exhorting minister shall be admitted to the stand only by 
preaching his Trial Sermon in a union or association. 

21. No ordination shall be done only in union or in association. 

22. No traffic or trade shall be carried on within 150 yards of the 
church grounds. 

23. No minister or member shall have a right to carry any of the 
corresponding association property to any other association. 

24. No members who have been withdrawn from fellowship will be 
allowed to come into the Association. He first shall get the right of his 
home church. The Long Branch Association was organized July 31st, 
1948, by the corresponding association and the assistance of the Beth- 
lehem and Radicue Associations. 

On August 23, 1948, the Board of Brethren met at Johnson Chapel 
Church in reorganizing council with the corresponding brethren and the 
Long Branch brethren. First Brother Deacon Joyner sang hymn 533 
and offered prayer. Then, on motion, agreed that Elder B. B. Exum 
be Moderator of Council. The house was announced in order for 

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business. On motion it was agreed that Elder S. T. Woodard be chosen 
for clerk. On motion, it was agTeed that visiting brethren and messen- 
gers take a seat with us and feel themselves at home. 

Next, Brother Deacon Wimberly came forth and explained how the 
organizing of the Long Branch Association was carried out. Next, Elder 
B. B. Exuin came forth and explained what this called meeting was for. 
Next, Elder W. J. Moore and Elder J. H. Winstead came forth to talk 
on the meeting. On motion that minutes of the previous meeting be 
read, it was granted. On motion agreed that Elder B. B. Exum come 
forth and confess his error and beg the conference to forgive him. On 
motion, agreed that it be granted. On motion agreed that the Long 
Branch brethren be left in care of the corresponding association until 
their session meeting Friday before the third Sunday in October, 1948. 
On motion that the Long Branch brethren be in full fellowship with our 
corresponding churches wherever they be. 

On motion, agreed that the clerk will take these minutes home and 
straighten them out as best he can and mail them to the different 
brethren. 

It was granted. 

On motion that the minutes of the previous meeting, which they 
held, be received. It was granted by conference. 

On motion, agreed if no other business, conference adjourn by 
singing hymn 507. 

ELDER JAMES H. DICKENS, Moderator 
ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Ass't Moderator 
ELDER JOE W. DICKENS, Clerk 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in one true and living God; the Father, the Son, and 
the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are 
the words of God and the only faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of man's impotency to recover him- 
self from the fallen state he is in by nature of his own free will and 
ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
by reputed righteousness in Christ. 

5. We believe that God's elect shall be called, converted, and sanc- 
tified by the Holy Ghost. 

6. We believe in the doctrine of eternal, particular election. 

7. We believe that the saints shall be preserved in grace and never 
finally fall. 

8. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and washing of the 
saints' feet are ordinances and the true mode of baptism is by immer- 
sion. 

9. We believe in the resurrection of the dead. We believe that the 
punishment of the wicked will be everlasting and the joys of righteous 
shall be eternal. 

10. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinance of baptism and the Lord's Supper, except such as are regu- 
larly ordained presbytery. 



ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
ELDER JOE W. DICKENS, Clerk 

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STATISTICAL TABLE 

LONG BRANCH — Messengers, Brother James Sharpe and Elder Joe 
W. Dickens. Rec'd by Baptism, none. Rec'd by letter, none. 
Dismissed by letter, none. Excluded, none. Deceased, 1. Re- 
stored to fellowship, none. Conf. of faith, none. Total mem- 
bership, 10. Contribution, $15.00. 

LOGSBORO — Messenger, Brother James D. Dickens. Rec'd by bap- 
tism, none. Rec'd by letter, none. Dismissed by letter, none. 
Excluded, none. Deceased, 1. Restored, none. Conf. of faith, 
none. Total membership, 5. Contribution, $15.00. 

LEGGETTS CHAPEL— Messenger, Brother Austin Higgs. Rec'd by 
Baptism, none. Rec'd by letter, none. Dismissed by letter, 
none. Excluded, none. Deceased, none. Restored to fellowship, 
none. Conf. of faith, none. Total membership, 5. Contribution, 
$15.00. 

TAR RIVER CHAPEL— Messenger, Brother Jonah Knight. Rec'd by 
baptism, none. Rec'd by letter, none. Dismissed by letter, 
none. Excluded, none. Deceased, 1. Restored to fellowship, 
none. Conf. of faith, none. Total membership, 14. Contribu- 
tion, $15.00. 

LITTLE MOUNT ZION— Messenger, Brother Jack Sherrod. Rec'd 
by baptism, none. Rec'd by letter, none. Dismissed by letter, 
1. Excluded, none. Restored to fellowship, none. Deceased, 1. 
Conf. of faith, none. Total membership, 13. Contribution, 

$15.00. 



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Proceedings 

OF THE FOURTEENTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE 

LONG BRANCH PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 

HELD WITH LEGGETTS CHAPEL CHURCH, EDGECOMBE 

COUNTY, N. C, FRIDAY BEFORE THE THIRD SUNDAY 

IN OCTOBER, 1361. 

FRIDAY MORNING SESSION— October 13, 1961 

Brother George Wimberly opened by singing hymn 141. 
Brother George Dickens Led in prayer. Elder John Charles read 
for the morning lesson St. John 14. Elder Joe W. Dickens who 
was chosen to preach the introductory sermon preached from 
St. John 10. Elder John Charles who was chosen to preach the 
alternate sermon preached from John 10. Elder J. H. Dickens 
arose and preached wonderfully and closed by singing hymn 
582. Bcncditcion by Elder Amos Humphery. Closed for one hour. 

FRIDAY EVENING SESSION 

Elder John Charles read for the scripture lesson St. John 14. 
Elder Joe Yv T . Dickens sang hymn 76 and Elder Elvis Hill led 
in prayer. Elder J. H. Dickens announced the house in order 
for business. 

1. Moved and agreed the delegates retire and choose 
Moderator. It pleased the minds of the delegates to choose Elder 
J. H. Dickens for the Moderator for the next twelve months. 

2. Moved and agreed the delegates be received and dis- 
charged. 

3. Moved and agreed that Brother Travis Knight be the 
association Clerk for the next twelves months. 

4. Moved and agreed that Brother James Sharp be the Asso- 
ciation Treasurer for the next twelve months. 

5. Moved and agreed that Brother George Wimberly be the 
mouth speaker for the association for the next twelves months. 

6. Moved and agreed that all other committees remain the 
same. 

7. Moved and agreed that the delegates and messengers be 
invited to sit with us and take part in conference. 

8. Moved and agreed that the visiting brothers and sisters 
be invited to sit with us and feel themselves at home. 

9. Moved and agreed the list of churches be called: Long 



Branch, Leggetts Chapel, Tar River Chapel, Logsboro, Little 
Mount Zion, all present. 

10. Moved and agreed that a door be opened to receive new 
churches. None came forth. 

11. Moved and agreed that a committee of three be appointed 
to arrange preaching during this session. They were as follows. 
Elder John Charles, Brother Jonah Knight, Brother James D. 
Dickens. The committee report as follows : 1, Elder General 
Dickens; 2, Elder Elvis Hill; 3, Elder Amos Humphery. 

12. Moved and agreed that the report of the committees be 
received. 

13. Moved and agreed that Brother Jonah Knight record the 
preachers' texts from day to day. 

14. Moved and agreed that the delegates from our sister 
associations with whom we correspond now make their report. 

Elder Mark Webb came forth from the Radicue Association 
with a file of minutes representing peace and love and desiring 
correspondence to continue. 

15. Moved and agreed that the delegates from the Radicue 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegates. 

Elder Isaiah Perkins came forth from the Corresponding 
Association with a file of minutes representing peace and love 
and desiring correspondence to continue. 

16. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Correspond- 
ing Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

Elder Elvis Hill came forth from the Bethlehem Association 
with a file of minutes representing peace, love and desiring 
correspondence to continue. 

17. Moved and agreed that the report of the delegate be re- 
ceived by the Moderator extending the right hand of fellowship 
to the delegate. 

Elder Dave Bullock came forth from the Union Line Asso- 
ciation with a file of minutes representing peace and love and 
desiring correspondence to continue. 

18. Moved and agreed that the report of the delegates be 
received by the Moderator extending the right hand of fellow- 

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ship to the delegates. Elder Robert Revis came forth from the 
Contentnea Association with a file of minutes representing peace 
and love and desiring correspondence to continue. 

19. Moved and agreed that the report of the dclgates be re- 
ceived by the Moderator extending the right hand of fellow- 
ship to the delegate. 

Elder Amos Humphery came forth from the Loving Associa- 
tion with a file of minutes representing peace and love and desir- 
ing correspondence to continue. 

20. Moved and agreed that the report of delegates from the 
Loving Association be received by the Moderator extending the 
right hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

Elder Cecil Alston came forth from the Coopers Grove Asso- 
ciation with a file of minutes representing peace and love and 
desiring correspondence to continue. 

21. Moved and agreed that the report of delegates from the 
Coopers Grove Association be received by the Moderator ex- 
tending the right hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

22. Moved and agreed that the corresponding letter be called 
for and read. 

23. Moved and agreed that the corresponding letter be re- 
ceived and printed in the minutes of 1961. 

24. Moved and agreed that the petitionary letters be called 
for. None received. 

25. Moved and agreed to see where the next session of our 
Association will meet. The next Long Branch Association will 
convene at Long Brang Church in Speeds in Edgcombe County, 
N. C. 

26. Moved and agreed Elder J. H. Dickens preach the Intro- 
ductory Sermon ; Elder John Charles preach the alternate. 

27. Moved and agreed that the Association conference ad- 
journ n.ntil 9 :00 o'clock tomorrow morning by singing hymn 505. 

Elder J. H. Dickens, Moderator 
Elder John Charles, Ass't Moderator 
Brother Travis Knight, Clerk 



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SATURDAY MORNING SESSION 

The Association was called to order by Brother George Wim- 
berly by singing hymn 288 and prayer was led by Elder Mark 
Webb. The Moderator announced the Association open for 
business. 

28. Moved and agreed that the list of churches be called. All 
present. 

29. Moved and agreed that the minutes of Friday -evening 
session be read and approved. 

30. Moved and agreed that the minutes be received and all 
errors corrected. 

31. Moved and agreed that the committee on arrangments 
make their report. Report as follows : 1, General Dickens ; 2, 
Elder Joe W. Dickens; 3, Dave Bullock. 

Moved and agreed the report of the committee be received. 

32. Moved and agreed that the Association letters be called 
for. 

34. Moved and agreed roll of delegates be called. All present. 

35. Moved and agreed to take up unfinished business. 

36. Moved and agreed to ordain Brother James Sharp to- 
morrow morning at 10 :00 o 'clock. 

37. Moved and agreed that we choose our delegates to visit 
our corresponding associations. It was moved and agreed to send 
the delegates as follows : 

Contcntnea: Elder Joe W. Dickens, '61. 
Coopers Grove : Elder General Dickins, '62. 
Bethlehem : Elder J. H. Dickens, '62. 
Radicue : Elder John Charles, '62. 

Loving : Elder John Charles and Brother George Wimberly 
with him, '62. 

Union Line : Elder Joe W. Dickens, '62. 
Corresponding : Brother James D. Dickens, '62. 

38. Moved and agreed that the Clerk have 250 minutes 
printed under the supervision of the Moderator. 

39. Moved and agreed that the Association take up collections. 

Received from ehurces $ 75.00 

Penny collection 78.81 

Old Treasury 13.05 $166.86 

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Expenses of Association $ 91.94 

Balance in Treasury 74.92 

40. Moved and agreed that the Finance report be received. 

41. Moved and agreed that the Rules of Decorum and the 
Church Government and Abstract of Principles be printed in 
the minutes of 1961. 

42. Moved and agreed that the Finance Committee pay off 
the indebtedness of the association. 

43. Moved and agred that the Association adjourn until 1962 
by the Moderator singing hymn 533. Benediction by Elder 
Warren Cooper. 

Elder J. H. Dickens, Moderator 
Eider John Charles, Ass't Moderator 
Brother Travis Knight, Clerk 



PREACHING SERVICES 

Friday Evening: Elder John Charles, opened by singing hymn 3. 
Brother Jonah Knight led in prayer. Elder John Charles read for 
the evening lesson Genesis 7. Elder General Dickens preached from 
St. John 14. Elder Elvis Hill arose and preached a wonderful sermon. 
Elder Amos Humphery arose and preached from St. Luke 15. Elder 
John Charles arose and made a few encouraging remarks and closed. 

Friday Night: Brother George Wimberly opened by singing hymn 
353. Prayer was led by Brother James Harrell. Brother George 
Dickens arose and made a wonderful talk. Elder John Charles read 
for the evening lesson Genesis 7. Elder W. M. Weaver arose and 
preached from Psa. 150:6. Elrer P. H. Hill arose and preached a won- 
derful sermon. Elder Amos Humphery sang hymn 689 and preached 
from St. John 9. Elder J. H. Dickens made a wonderful talk and 
closed. 

Saturday Morning: Elder John Charles opened by singing hymn 
345. Prayer was led by Brother Jonah Knight. Elder Charles read 
for the morning lesson St. John 1. Elder General Dickens preached 
from St. John 14. Elder David Bullock sang hymn 284 and preached 
from St. John 5. Elder Robert Revis sang hymn 176 and preached 
a wonderful sermon. Elder Elvis Hill arose and preached a wonderful 
sermon. Elder S. L. Woodards sang hymn 382 and preached from 
Daniel 2. Elder John Charles arose and made a few remarks and 
closed for one hour. 

Saturday Evening: Brother George Wimberly opened by singing 141 
and led in prayer by Elder John Charles. Read for the evening lesson 
St. John 14. Elder Isaiah Perkins preached from St. John 14. Elder 
Joe W. Dickins arose and preached a wonderful sermon. Elder 
Warren Cooper snag hymn 482 and preached from Luke 2. Elder 
Amos Humphery sang hymn 506 and closed. 

Saturday Night: Brother George Wimberly opened by singing hymn 

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353. Brother James Harrell led in prayer. Elder Sylvalia Worsley sang 
hymn 144 and preached from John 3. Elder Earl Holt sang hymn 
688 and preached from St. John 1. Elder John Pitt sang hymn 2GQ 
and preached from St. John 1. Elder Matten arose and preached 
from Luke 12. Elder Cecil Alston sang hymn 200 and preached from 
David. Elder Sylvalia Worsley sang hymn 688 for closing. Benediction 
by Elder Amos Humphery. 

Sunday Morning: After the ordination of Brother James Sharp, 
meeting was opened by Brother Moderator singing hymn 355. Elder 
Dave Bullock led in prayer. Elder John Charles read for the morning 
lesson Genesis 7. Brother Lucas sang hymn 353 and preached a 
wonderful sermon. Elder Elvis Hill sang hymn 3 and preached on 
three gates to the city. Elder Isaiah Perkins sang hymn 440. The 
Prodigal Son. Elder David Bullock sang hymn 141 and preached a 
wonderful sermon. Elder Cecil Alston sang hymn 356 and preached 
a wonderful sermon. Amos Humphery arose and preached from St. 
John 14. Elder Robert Revis sang hymn 393 and preached from 
Samuel 39. Elder Sylvalia Worsley sang hymn 689 for closing. 
Benediction by Elder J. H. Dickens. 

Elder J. H. Dickens, Moderator 

Elder John Charles, Ass't Moderator 

Brother Travis Knight, Clerk 



CORRESPONDING LETTER 
Dear Brethren in Christ I trust, — It was enjoined upon me 
to write a corresponding letter. So I will call your attention to 
Psalm 108, "0 Ood, my heart is fixed and I will sing." So 
brethren, I hope that our friendly correspondence will continue 
till time be no more. Farewell. 

— Long Branch Association 
By Brother George Wimberly. 

CIRCULAR LETTER 

This is the fourteenth Annual Session of the Long Branch 
Primitive Baptist Association, held with Tar River Church in 
Edgecombe County, N. C, beginning Friday before the third 
Sunday in October, 1960. 

Dear Brethren: The Lord has blessed us to meet from the 
north, south, east and west. Y7e are thankful to our heavenly 
Father for preserving our lives. Oh how good it is for brethren 
to dwell together in peace. God has commanded us to stand fast 
in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. Let us serve 
God with godly fear and pray that the word of God may have 
its free course and all we do be done to the glory of God. 

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STATISTCAL TABLE 

LONG BRANCH— Delegate, Bro. James Sharp. Membership, 10. 
Contribution, $15.00. 

LOGSBORO — Delegate, Bro. James D. Dickens. Received by letter, 1. 
Membership, 4. Contribution, $15.00. 

LEGGETTS CHAPEL— Delegats, Bro. Austin Higgs. Membership, 
4. Contribution, $15.00 

TAR RIVER CHAPEL— Delegate, Bro. Jonah Knight. Received by 
Baptism, 1. Membership, 15. Contribution, $15.00. 

LITTLE MT. ZION— Delegate, Bro. Jack Sherrcd. Dismissed by 
Letter, 1. Total Membership, 10. Contribution, $15.00. 



ORDAINED ELDERS AND THEIR ADDRE35ES 

Elder J. H. Dickens, R. F. D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder Joe W. Dickens, Rt. 2, Box 141A, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder General Dickens, Rt. 2, Box 18, Tarboro, N. C. 

LICENSED MINISTERS 

Brother Tom Lloyd, Bethel, N. C. 

DEACONS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Brother Mack Dickens, Rt. 2, Box 18, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. George Wimberly, R.F.D 4, Greenville, N. C. 

Bro. Austin Higgs, Rocky Mount, N. C. 

Bro. Jonah Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

Brother Jack Sherrod, Hobgood, N. C. 

Brother James D. Dickens, Rt. 1, Hobgood, N. C. 

Bro. James Harrell, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. James Sharpe, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES, PASTORS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch— Elder J. K. Dickens. R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, X. C. 
Logsboro— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggett's Chapel— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C 
Tar River Chapel — Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount '/ion— Elder J. II. Dickens, Rt. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES AND THEIR DEACONS 

Long Branch — Brother George Wimberly. 

Logsboro — Bro. Mack Dickens and James" D. Dickens 

I.eggett Chapel — Bros. Austin Higgs and George WimberK 

Tar River Chapel — Bro. Jonah Knight 

Little Mount Zion — Brother Jack Sherrod 

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CLERKS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Sister Alice Peace, Tarboro, N. C. 
Logsboro — Sister Battle, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggett's Chapel — Sister Rolester Wimberly Greenville N.C 
Tar River— Sister Mary E. Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion — Sister Alice Peace, Tarboro, N. C. 

SABBATH MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — Third Sunday and Saturday before. 
Logsboro — Fourth Sunday and Saturday before. 
Leggett's Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Tar River Chapel- — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Little Mount Zion — Second Sunday and Saturday before. 

QUARTERLY MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — February, May, August, November. 
Logsboro — February, May, August, November. 
Leggett Chapel — February, May, August, November. 
Tar River Chapel — March, June, September, December. 
Little Mount Zion — February, May, August, November. 



RULES OF DECORUM 



1. Each church agrees to hold conferences once a month. 

2. The Moderator and Clerk should be chosen by the majority ol 
the delegates present. 

3. Conference shall be opened by praise or prayer. 

4. The door of the church shall be opened for reception of members 
of fellowship. 

5. The state and standing of the church shall be inquired into. 

6. No member shall leave the conference without permission of the 
Moderator. 

7. The minority shall submit to the majority in all cases except 
receiving members to fellowship and to office. This shall be unanimous. 

8. Any business brought up in the church shall be read three times 
before acted upon. 

0. We agree that if any member shall violate these rules, such 
members will be dealt with according to the gospel order. 

10. We agree to commune four times a year when ail is well. 

11. We agree to wash feet four times a year at each church. 

12. No member shall have any right to contract any business of the 
church without the liberty to do so. 

13. If any member of the church becomes dissatisfied with the rules 
of the church they 6hall be excluded from fellowship until they can give 
satisfaction and then be restored. 

14. If any member shall wilfully absent himself from communion, he 
shall make his reason known to the church. 

15. If any member violates any of these he shall be brought to trial. 
He must be tried by his own church. 

16. If any ministrr, deacon, or clerk transgresses these rules, the 
church shall have power to call help from other churches to aid in 
settling it. 

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17. We agree not to commune with any persons unless they are 
baptized in our faith and order. 

18. We agree to commune with predestinarian Baptists who are in 
good standing. 

19. If any member sees another transgressing the rules of the 
church and does not bring it to the church after applying the 18th 
Chapter of Matthew, they are liable to be tried before the church them- 
selves. Each church shall have a Moderator and be governed by the voice 
of the members. 

20. No exhorting minister shall be admitted to the stand only by 
preaching his Trial Sermon in a union or association. 

21. No ordination shall be done only in union or in association. 

22. No traffic or trade shall be carried on within 150 yards of the 
church grounds. 

23. No minister or member shall have a right to carry any of the 
corresponding association property to any other association. 

24. No members who have been withdrawn from fellowship will be 
allowed to come into the Association. He first shall get the right of his 
home church. The Long Branch Association was organized July 31st, 
194,8, by the corresponding association and the assistance of the Beth- 
lehem and Radicue Associations. 

On August 23, 1948, the Board of Brethren met at Johnson Chapel 
Church in reorganizing council with the corresponding brethren and the 
Long Branch brethren. First Brother Deacon Joyner sang hymn 533 
and offered prayer. Then, on motion, agreed that Elder B. B. Exum 
he Moderator of Council. The house was announced in order for 
business. On motion it was agreed that Elder S. T. Woodard be chosen 
for clerk. On motion, it was agreed that visiting brethren and messen- 
gers take a seat with us and feel themselves at home. 

Next, Brother Deacon Wimberly came forth and explained how the 
organizing of the Long Branch Association was carried out. Next, Elder 
B. B. Exum came forth and explained what this called meeting was for. 
N'ext, Elder W. J. Moore and Elder J. H. Winstead came forth to talk 
on the meeting. On motion that minutes of the previous meeting be 
read, it was granted. On motion agreed that Elder B. B. Exum come 
forth and confess his error and beg the conference to forgive him. On 
motion, agreed that it be granted. On motion agreed that the Long 
Branch brethren be left in care of the corresponding association lentil 
their session meeting Friday before the third Sunday in October, 1948. 
Oil motion that the Long Branch brethren be in full fellowship with our 
corresponding churches wherever they be. 

On motion, agreed that the clerk will take these minutes home and 
straighten them out as best lie can and mail them to the different 
brethren. 

It was granted. 

On motion that the minutes of the previous meeting, which they 
held, be received. It was granted by conference. 

On motion, agreed if no other business, conference adjourn by 
singing hymn 507. 

ELDER JAMES H. DICKENS, Moderator 
ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Ass't Moderator 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Clerk 



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ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in one true and living God; the Father, the Son, and 
the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are 
the words of God and the only faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of man's impotency to recover him- 
self from the fallen state he is in by nature of his own free will and 
ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
by reputed righteousness in Christ. 

5. We believe that God's elect shall be called, converted, and sanc- 
tified by the Holy Ghost. 

6. We believe in the doctrine of eternal, particular election. 

7. We believe that the saints shall be preserved in grace and never 
finally fall. 

8. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and washing of the 
saints' fee!; are ordinances and the true mode of baptism is by immer- 
sion. 

9. We believe in the resurrection of the dead. We believe that the 
punishment of the wicked will be everlasting and the joys of righteous 
shall be eternal. 

10. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinance of baptism and the Lord's Supper, except such as are regu- 
larly ordained presbytery. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 

BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Clerk 



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OF THE 

Fifteenth 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

Long Branch 
Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

Long Branch Church 

EDGECOMBE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 

FRIDAY BEFORE THE THIRD SUNDAY 

IN OCTOBER 



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Next session of this association convenes with the 
Logsboro Church near Leggetts, Edgecombe County, N. C. 
beginning Friday before the third Sunday in October 1963. 

OFFICERS 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS Moderator 

ELDER JOHN CHARLES Assistant Moderator 

BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT ...„ Clerk 

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Proceedings 

OF THE FIFTEENTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE 

LONG BRANCH PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 

HELD WITH LONG BRANCH CHURCH, EDGECOMBE COUNTY, 

N. C, FRIDAY BEFORE THE THIRD SUNDAY IN OCTOBER, 1962. 

FRIDAY MORNING SESSION— October 19, 1962 

Brother George Wimberly opened by singing hymn 141. Elder 
S. L. Woodard led in prayer. Elder J. H. Dickins arose, sang 
hymn 582. Elder John Charles read for the morning lesson 
St. John 1 :1. Elder J. H. Dickens who was chosen to preach the 
introductory sermon preached from Luke 15. Elder John 
Charles who was chosen to preach the alternate sermon preached 
from St. John 14. Elder J. H. Dickens sang hymn 507. Benedic- 
tion by Elder Woodard. Closed for one hour. 

FRIDAY EVENING SESSION 

Brother George Wimberly opened by singing hymn 400. 
Brother Jonah Knight led in prayer. Elder John Charles read 
for the evening lesson St. John 14. 

1. Moved and agreed that the association conference open for 
business. 

2. Moved and agreed that the delegates retire and choose the 
Moderator. It pleased the minds of the delegates to choose Elder 
J. H. Dickens for the Moderator for the next twelve months. 

3. Moved and agreed that the delegates be received and dis- 
charged. 

4. Moved and agreed that Brother George Wimberly be our 
mouth speaker for the next twelve months. 

5. Moved and agreed that all other officers remain the same. 

6. Moved and agreed that the visiting delegates and messen- 
gers be invited to sit with us and take part in our conference. 

7. Moved and agreed that the visiting brethren and sisters 
be invited to sit with us and feel at home. 

8. Moved and agreed that the list of churches be called: 
Long Branch, Leggetts Chapel, Logsboro, Tar River Chapel, 
Little Mount Zion. All present. 



9. Moved and agreed that a door be open to receive new 
churches. None came forward. 

10. Moved and agreed that a committee of three be appointed 
to arrange preaching during this session. They were as follows : 
Elder John Charles, Brother Jonah Knight, Brother James D. 
Dickens. 

The committee report : 1. Elder Joe Dickens ; 2. Elder Charlie 
Bullock; 3. Elder W. M. Weaver. 

11. Moved and agreed that the report of the committee be 
received. 

12. Moved and agreed that Brother Jonah Knight record the 
preachers' texts from day to day. 

13. Moved and agreed that the delegates from our sister 
associations with whom we correspond with now make report. 

Brother Fred Lucus came forth from the Radicue Association 
with a file of minutes, representing peace and love and desiring 
correspondence to continue. 

14. Moved and agreed that the report of the delegates from 
the Radicue Association be received by the Moderator extending 
the right hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

Elder Johnnie Rodgers came forth from the Bethlehem Asso- 
ciation with a file of minutes representing peace and love and 
desiring correspondence to continue. 

15. Moved and agreed that the delegate from the Bethlehem 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

Elder S. L. "Woodard came forth from the Contentnea Asso- 
ciation with a file of minutes representing peace and love and 
desiring correspondence to continue. 

16. Moved and agreed that the report of the delegate from 
Contentnea Association be received by the Moderator extending 
the right hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

Elder W. B. Enoch came forth from the Coopers Grove Asso- 
ciation with a file of minutes representing peace and love and 
desiring correspondence to continue. 

17. Moved and agreed that the report of the delegate from 
the Coopers Grove Association be received by the Moderator 
extending the right of fellowship to the delegate. 

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Elder Amos Humphry came forth from the Loving Associa- 
tion with a file of minutes representing peace and love and 
desiring correspondence to continue. 

18. Moved and agreed that the report of the delegate from 
the Loving Association be received by the Moderator extending 
the right hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

Elder B. B. Exum came forth from the Corresponding Asso- 
ciation with a file of minutes representing peace and love and 
desiring correspondence to continue. 

19. Moved and agreed that the report of the delegate from 
the Corresponding Association be received by the Moderator 
extending the right hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

Union Line Association not represented. 

20. Moved and agreed that the corresponding letter be called 
for. None received. 

21. Moved and agreed that the petitionary letter be called 
for. None received. 

22. Moved and agreed that we will see where the next session 
of our Association will meet. The next Long Branch Association 
will convene at the Logsboro Church near Leggetts in Edge- 
combe County, N. C, beginning Friday before the third Sunday 
in October, 1963. 

23. Moved and agreed that Elder J. H. Dickens preach the 
introductory sermon and Elder John Charles was chosen to 
preach the alternate. 

24. Moved and agreed that the Long Branch Association con- 
ference adjourn until tomorrow morning at 10:00 o'clock. 

Elder J. H. Dickens closed by singing the third hymn. 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Ass't Mod. 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Clerk 



SATURDAY MORNING SESSION 

The Association was called to order by Brother Travis Knight 
by singing hymn 339. Elder W. B. Enoch led in prayer. Elder 
John Charles read for the morning lesson St. John 15. 

The Moderator announced the Association open for business. 

25. Moved and agreed that the list of churches be called. All 

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present. 

26. Moved and agreed that Friday evening session be read 
and approved. 

27. Moved and agreed that Friday evening session be received 
and all errors corrected. 

28. Moved and agreed that the committee on arrangement now 
make their report as follows: 1. Brother Fred Lucus; 2. Elder 
Joe W. Dickens; 3. Elder Johnnie Rodgers. 

29. Moved and agreed that the report of the committee be 
received. 

30. Moved and agreed that the Association letters be called 
for. 

31. Moved and agreed that the roll of delegates be called. All 
present except Union Line, not represented. 

32. Moved and agreed to take up unfinished business. 

33. Moved and agreed that we choose our delegates to visit 
our corresponding associations. It was agreed to send the dele^ 
gates as follows: 

Contentnea: Elder J. H. Dickens and Brother George 
Wimberly, 1962. 

Coopers Grove : Elder John Charles and Brother James Sharp, 
1963. 

Radicue: Elder Joe W. Dickens, 1963. 

Union Line : Elder J. H. Dickens and Brother George Wimber- 
ly, 1963. 

Loving : Elder Joe W. Dickens and Brother George Wimberly. 
1963. 

Bethlehem: Elder John Charles, 1963. 

Corresponding: Elder General Dickens, 1963. 

34. Moved and agreed that the Clerk have 250 copies of these 
minutes printed under the supervision of the Moderator. 

35. Moved and agreed that the Association take up collections. 

Received from churches $75.00 

Penny collection 86.01 

In old treasury 3.86 $164.87 

Expenses of the Association $92.20 

Balance in treasury 72.67 

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36. Moved and agreed that the Finance report be received. 

37. Moved and agreed that the Rules of Decorum and the 
Church Government and Abstract of Principles be printed in 
the minutes of 1962. 

38. Moved and agreed that the Finance Committee pay off 
the indebtedness of the Association. 

39. Moved and agreed that this Association adjourn until 
1963 by singing hymn 505. Benediction by Elder B. B. Exum . 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS, Moderator 
ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Ass't Mod. 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Clerk 



PREACHING SERVICE 



Friday Night: Meeting was opened by Brother George Wimberly 
by singing hymn 353. Prayer by Brother James Harrell. Brother 
George Dickens made a wonderful talk. Elder John Charles read for 
evening lesson Gen. 7. Elder Amos Humphy sang hymn 506 and 
preached from St. John 9. Elder W. M. Weaver preached a wonderful 
sermon. Elder P. H. Hill preached the power of God. Elder J. H. 
Dickens spoke a few encouraging remarks. Elder Amos Humphrey 
closed by singing hymn 689. 

Saturday Morning: Elder Joe W. Dickens opened by singing hymn 
76. Brother Jonah Knight led in prayer. Elder John Charles read for 
the morning lesson Gen. 9. Brother Fred Lucus preached a wonderful 
sermon. Elder Johnnie Rodgers sangs hymn 656 and preached from 
Ezek. 38. Elder J. H. Morning sang hymn 289 and preached a won- 
derful sermon. Closed by singing hymn 689. Benediction by Elder 
John Charles. 

Saturday Evening: Meeting was opened by singing hymn 533. 
Prayer was led by Elder Charlie Powell. Elder John Charles read for 
the evening lesson Rev. 12. Elder General Dickens preached from 
St. John 15. Elder Isaiah Perkins preached from Luke 15. Elder 
Charlie Powell preached from Timothy 4. Elder J. H. Morning sang 
hymn 288 and preached a wonderful sermon. Closed by singing hymn 
189. Benediction by A. H. Humphery. 

Saturday Night: Brother George Wimberly opened by singing 
hymn 288. Elder Earl Holt led in prayer. Elder John Charles read 
for the evening lesson St. John 14. Elder Sylvanus Worsley sang 
hymn 492 and preached a wonderful sermon. Elder Earl Holt 
preached with much power. Elder Willie Carney sang hymn 689 and 
preached from Isaiah 6. Closed by singing hymn 76. Benediction by 
Elder A. Humphery. 

Sunday Morning: The Moderator opened by singing hymn 380. 
Elder Ernest Fanner led in prayer. Elder John Charles read for the 
morning lesson Genesis 7. Brother Fred Lucus sang 353 and preached 
St. John 15. Elder Johnnie Rodgers sang hymn 492 and preached 
St. John 15. Elder S. L. Woodard sang hymn 694 and preached Isaiah 
2. Elder Hubert Alston preached from St. John 15. Elder W. B. Enoch 
preached from Jeremiah. Elder A. H. Humphery sang hymn 689 and 

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preached St. John 9. Elder B. B. Exum preached from Samuel 19:1. 

Elder John Charles made a few encouraging remarks. Elder Joe W. 

Dickens closed by singing hymn 3. Benediction by Elder S. L. 

Woodard. 

Elder J. H. Dickens, Moderator 
Eld. John Charles, Ass't Moderator 
Brother Travis Knight, Clerk 



CORRESPONDING LETTER 
Dear Brethren in Christ I trust, — It was enjoined upon me 
to write a corresponding letter, so I will call your attention to 
Psalm 108, "0 God, my heart is fixed and I will sing." So 
brethren, I hope that our friendly correspondence will continue 
till time be no 1 more. Farewell. 

— Long Branch Association 
By Brother George Wimberly. 

CIRCULAR LETTER 

This is the fifteenth Annual Session of the Long Branch Prim- 
itive Baptist Association, held with Long Branch Church in 
Edgecombe County, N. C, beginning Friday before the third 
Sunday in October, 1962. 

Dear Brethren: The Lord has blessed us to meet from the 
north, south, east and west. "We are thankful to our heavenly 
Father for preserving our lives. Oh how good it is for brethren 
to dwell together in peace. God has commanded us to stand fast 
in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. Let us serve 
God with godly fear and pray that the word of God may have its 
free course and all we do be done to the glory of God. 



STATISTICAL TABLE 



LONG BRANCH: Delegate, Brother James Sharp. Elder Joe W. 
Dickens. Deceased, 1. Total membership, 9. Contribution, 
$15.00. 

LOGSBORO: Delegate, Brother James D. Dickens. Total membership, 
4. Contribution, $15.00. 

LEGGETTS CHAPEL: Delegate, Brother Austin Higgs. Total mem- 
bership, 4. Contribution, $15.00. 

TAR RIVER CHAPEL: Delegate, Brother Jonah Knight. Total mem- 
bership, 12. Contribution, $15.00. 

IJTTLE MOUNT ZION: Delegate, Brother Jack Sherrod. Total mem- 
bership, 12. Contribution, $15.00. 

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ORDAINED ELDERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder J. H. Dickens, R. F. D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder Joe W. Dickens, Rt. 2, Box 141A, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder General Dickens, Rt. 2, Box 18, Tarboro, N. C. 

LICENSED MINISTERS 

Brother Tom Lloyd, Bethel, N. C. 

DEACONS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Brother Mack Dickens, Rt. 2, Box 18, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. George Wimberly, R.F.D. 4, Greenville, N. C. 

Bro. Austin Higgs, Rocky Mount, N. C. 

Bro. Jonah Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

Brother Jack Sherrod, Hobgood, N. C. 

Brother James D. Dickens, Rt. 1, Hobgood, N. C. 

Bro. James Harrell, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. James Sharpe, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES, PASTORS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Logsboro— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggett's Chapel— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Tar River Chapel — Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion— Elder J. H. Dickens, Rt. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES AND THEIR DEACONS 

Long Branch — Brother George Wimberly. 

Logsboro — Bro. Mack Dickens and James D. Dickens 

Leggett Chapel — Bros. Austin Higgs and George Wimberly 

Tar River Chapel — Bro. Jonah Knight 

Little Mount Zion — Brother Jack Sherrod 

CLERKS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Sister Alice Peace, Tarboro, N. C. 
Logsboro' — Brother Travis Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggetts Chapel — Bro. George Wimberly, Greenville, N. C. 
Tar River — Sister Mary E. Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion — Sister Alice Peace, Tarboro, N. C. 

SABBATH MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — Third Sunday and Saturday before. 
Logsboro — Fourth Sunday and Saturday before. 
Leggett's Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Tar River Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Little Mount Zion — Second Sunday and Saturday before. 

QUARTERLY MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — February, May, August, November. 
Logsboro — February, May, August, November. 
Leggett Chapel — February, May, August, November. 
Tar River Chapel — March, June, September, December. 
Little Mount Zion — February, May, August, November. 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each church agrees to hold conferences once a month. 

2. The Moderator and Clerk should be chosen by the majority ot 
the delegates present. 

8. Conference shall be opened by praise or prayer. 

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4. The door of the church shall be opened for reception of members 
of fellowship. 

5. The state and standing of the church shall be inquired into. 

6. No member shall leave the conference without permission of the 
Moderator. 

7. The minority shall submit to the majority in all cases except 
receiving members to fellowship and to office. This shall be unanimous. 

8. Any business brought up in the church shall be read three times 
before acted upon. 

9. We agree that if any member shall violate these rules, such 
members will be dealt with according to the gospel order. 

10. We agree to commune four times a year when all is well. 

11. We agree to wash feet four times a year at each church. 

12. No member shall have any right to contract any business of the 
church without the liberty to do so. 

13. If any member of the church becomes dissatisfied with the rules 
of the church they shall be excluded from fellowship until they can give 
satisfaction and then be restored. 

14. If any member shall wilfully absent himself from communion, he 
shall make his reason known to the church. 

15. If any member violates any of these he shall be brought to trial. 
He must be tried by his own church. 

16. If any minister, deacon, or clerk transgresses these rules, the 
church shall have power to call help from other churches to aid in 
settling it. 

17. We agree not to commune with any persons unless they are 
baptized in our faith and order. 

18. We agree to commune with predestinarian Baptists who are in 
good standing. 

19. If any member sees another transgressing the rules of the 
church and does not bring it to the church after applying the 18th 
Chapter of Matthew, they are liable to be tried before the church them- 
selves. Each church shall have a Moderator and be governed by the voice 
of the members. 

20. No exhorting minister shall be admitted to the stand only by 
preaching his Trial Sermon in a union or association. 

21. No ordination shall be done only in union or in association. 

22. No traffic or trade shall be carried on within 150 yards of the 
church grounds. 

23. No minister or member shall have a right to carry any of the 
corresponding association property to any other association. 

24. No members who have been withdrawn from fellowship will be 
allowed to come into the Association. He first shall get the right of his 
home church. The Long Branch Association was organized July 31st, 
1948, by the corresponding association and the assistance of the Beth- 
lehem and Radicue Associations. 

On August 23, 1948, the Board of Brethren met at Johnson Chapel 
Church in reorganizing council with the corresponding brethren and the 
Long Branch brethren. First Brother Deacon Joyner sang hymn 533 
and offered prayer. Then, on motion, agreed that Elder B. B. Exum 
be Moderator of Cour.cil. The house was announced in order for 
business. On motion it was agreed that Elder S. T. Woodard be chosen 
for clerk. On motion, it was agreed that visiting brethren and messen- 
gers take a seat with us and feel themselves at home. 

Next, Brother Deacon Wimberly came forth and explained how the 
organizing of the Long Branch Association was carried out. Next, Elder 
B. B. Exum came forth and explained what this called meeting was for. 

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Next, Elder W. J. Moore and Elder J. H. Winstead came forth to talk 
on the meeting. On motion that minutes of the previous meeting be 
read, it was granted. On motion agreed that Elder B. B. Exum come 
forth and confess his error and beg the conference to forgive him. On 
motion, agreed that it be granted. On motion agreed that the Long 
Branch brethren be left in care of the corresponding association until 
their session meeting Friday before the third Sunday in October, 1948. 
On motion that the Long Branch brethren be in full fellowship with our 
corresponding churches wherever they be. 

On motion, agreed that the clerk will take these minutes home and 
straighten them out as best he can and mail them to the different 
brethren. 

It was granted. 

On motion that the minutes of the previous meeting, which they 
held, be received. It was granted by conference. 

On motion, agreed if no other business, conference adjourn by 
singing hymn 607. 

ELDER JAMES H. DICKENS, Moderator 
ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Ass't Moderator 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Clerk 



ARTICLES OF FAITH 



1. We believe in one true and living God; the Father, the Son, and 
the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are 
the words of God and the only faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of man's impotency to recover him- 
self from the fallen state he is in by nature of his own free will and 
ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
by reputed righteousness in Christ. 

5. We believe that God's elect shall be called, converted, and sanc- 
tified by the Holy Ghost. 

6. We believe in the doctrine of eternal, particular election. 

7. We believe that the saints shall be preserved in grace and never 
finally fall. 

8. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and washing of the 
saints' feet are ordinances and the true mode of baptism is by immer- 
sion. 

9. We believe in the resurrection of the dead. We believe that the 
punishment of the wicked will be everlasting and the joys of righteous 
shall be eternal. 

10. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinance of baptism and the Lord's Supper, except such as are regu- 
larly ordained presbytery. 



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OF THE 

Sixteenth 
Annual Session 

OF THE 

Long Branch 
Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

Logsboro Church 

EDGECOMBE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 

FRIDAY BEFORE THE THIRD SUNDAY 

IN OCTOBER 

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Next session convenes with the Leggetts Chapel Church, 

located Leggetts, Edgecombe County, N. C, Friday before 

the third Sunday in October, 1964. 

OFFICERS 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS - Moderator, Rt. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
ELD. JOHN CHARLES - Ass't Moderator, Tarboro, N. C. 
TRAVIS KNIGHT - Clerk, Rt. 1, Box 168, Tarboro, N. C. 



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Proceedings 

OF THE SIXTEENTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE 

LONG BRANCH PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 

HELD WITH LOGSBORO CHURCH, EDGECOMBE CO., N. C. 

FRIDAY BEFORE THE THIRD SUNDAY IN OCTOBER, 1963 

FRIDAY MORNING SESSION— October 18, 1963 

Brother George Wimberly opened by singing' hymn 382. 
Brother James Sharp led in prayer. Elder John Charles read 
for the morning lesson St. John 1. Elder J. H. Dickens, who 
was chosen to preach the Introductory Sermon, arose and sang 
hymn 364 and preached a wonderful sermon. 

Elder John Charles, who was chosen to preach the alternate 
sermon, sang hymn 3 and preached from Jonah 1. Elder J. H. 
Dickens sang hymn 275 for closing. Benediction by Moderator. 
Closed for one hour. 
FRIDAY EVENING SESSION 

Meeting was opened by Brother George Wimberly by singing 
hymn 355. Brother Harry Bullock led in prayer. Elder J. H. 
Dickens announced the house in order for business. 

1. Moved and agreed that the delegates retire and choose the 
Moderator. It pleased the minds of the delegates to choose Elder 
J. H. Dickens to be the Moderator of this association for the 
next twelve months. 

2. Moved and agreed that Brother James Sharp be our mouth 
speaker for next twelve months. 

3. He chose Brother Jonah Knight his assistant. 

4. Moved and agreed that the report of the delegates be 
received and discharged. 

5. Moved and agreed that all other offices remain the same. 

6. Moved and agreed that the delegates and messengers be 
invited to sit with us and take part in our conference. 

8. Moved and agreed roll of churches be called: Long Branch, 
Leggetts Chapel, Logsboro, Tar River Chapel, Little Mount 
Zion — all present. 

9. Moved and agreed that a door be opened to receive new 
churches. None came forth. 

10. Moved and agreed that a committee of three be appointed 
to arrange preaching during this session. They were Elder John 
Charles, Brother Jonah Knight, Brother James Dickens. 

The committee report as follows: 1. Brother James D. 
Dickens; 2. Elder General Dickens; 3. Elder Daniel Station. 



11. Moved and agreed that the report of the committee be 
received. 

12. Moved and agreed that Elder Joe W. Dickens record the 
preachers' texts from day to day. 

13. Moved and agreed that our delegates from sister asso- 
ciations with whom we correspond make their report. 

Elder Willie Maryland came forth from Radicue Association 
representing peace and love and desiring correspondence to 
continue; also a file of minutes. 

14. Moved and agreed that the delegates from the Radicue 
Association be received by the Moderator extending the right 
hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

Corresponding : Absent. 

Elder W. M. Weaver came from from the Bethlehem Asso- 
ciation representing peace and love, desiring correspondence 
to continue; also a file of minutes. 

15. Moved and agreed delegate from Bethlehem Association 
be received by the Moderator extending the right hand of 
fellowship to the delegate, 

Elder Fred Didly came forth from the Union Line Associa- 
tion representing peace and love and desiring correspondence to 
continue. 

16. Moved and agreed that the report of the delegate be 
received by the Moderator extending the right hand of fellowship 
to the delegate. 

Elder Amos Humphrey came forth from the Loving Association 
with a file of minutes representing peace and love and desiring 
coresponden.ee to continue. 

17. Moved and agreed that the report of the delegate from 
the Loving Association be received by the Moderator extending 
the right hand of fellowship to the delegate. Elder F. L. Coley 
came forth from Contentnea Association with a file of minutes 
representing peace and love, desiring correspondence to con- 
tinue; also a file of minutes. 

18. Moved and agreed that the report from the delegate be 
received by the Moderator extending the right hand of fellow- 
ship to the delegate. 

Elder Cecil Alston came forth from the Coopers Grove Asso- 
ciation with a file of minutes representing peace and love and 
desiring correspondence to continue. 

19. Moved and agreed that the report of the delegate be 

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received by the Moderator extending the right hand of fellow- 
ship to the delegate. 

20. Moved and agreed that the Corresponding Letter be called 
for. None received. 

21. Moved and agreed, that the petitionary letters be called 
for. None received. 

22. Moved, and agreed that we will see where the next session 
of our association will meet. The next Long Branch association 
will convene at the Leggetts Chapel Church in Leggetts, Edge- 
combe County, N. C, beginning Friday before the third Sun- 
day in October, 1964. 

23. Moved and agreed that Elder J. H. Dickens preach the 
Introductory Sermon. Elder John Charles was chosen to preach 
the alternate. 

24. Moved and agreed that the Long Branch Association con- 
ference adjourn until tomorrow morning at 10:00. Elder J. H. 
Dickens closed by singing hymn 507. 

Elder J. H. Dickens, Moderator 
Elder Johnu Charles, Ass't Mod. 
Brother Travis Knight, Clerk 

SATURDAY MORNING SESSION 

The association was called to order by Brother James Sharp 
by singing hymn 200. Prayer was led by Brother Jonah Knight. 
Elder John Charles read for the morning lesson St. John 14. 
The Moderator announced the association open for business. 

(April 28, 1964 the association held an extra session so the 
Clerk staightened out the minutes of the Saturday session.) 

26. Moved and agreed list of churches be called. All present. 

27. Moved and agreed that Friday evening session be read 
and approved. 

28. Moved and agreed that Friday evening session be re- 
ceived and all errors corrected. 

29. Moved and agreed that the Committee on Arrangement 
make their report as follows: 1. Elder General Dickens ; 2. Elder 
Joe W. Dickens; 3. Elder S. L. Woodards. 

30. Moved and agreed that the report of the committee be 
received. 

31. Moved and agreed that the association letters be called 
for. 

32. Moved and agreed the roll of delegates be called. All 

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present except Corresponding. 

33. Moved and agreed to take up unfinished business. 

34. Moved and agreed that we choose our delegates to visit 
our corresponding associations. It was agreed to send the dele- 
gates as follows: 

Contentnea: Elder Joe W. Dickens, 1963. 
Coopers Grove: Elder John Charles, 1964. 
Loving: Brother James D. Dickens, 1964. 
Radicue : Brother George Wimberly, 1964. 
Union Line: Elder Joe W. Dickens, 1964. 
Corresponding: Brother James D. Dickens, 1964. 
Bethlehem: Elder J. H. Dickens, Brother James Sharp with 
him, 1964. 

35. Moved and agreed that the Clerk have 250 copies of 
these minutes printed under the supervision of the Moderator. 

36. Moved and agreed that the Association take up collection. 

Received from churches $75.00 

Penny collection 65.39 

Old treasury 1.35 $141.74 

Expenses of association $68.12 

Balance in treasury 73.62 $141.74 

37. Moved and agreed the finance report be received. 

38. Moved and agreed that the rules of Decorum and the 
Church Government and Abstract of Principles be printed in 
the minutes of 1963. 

39. Moved and agreed that the Finance Committee pay off 
the indebtedness of the association. 

40. Moved and agreed that this association adjourn until 1964 
by singing hymn 35. 

Benediction by the Moderator. 

Elder J. H. Dickens, Moderator 
Elder John Charles, Ass't Moderator 
Brother Travis Knight, Clerk 

PREACHING SERVICE 

FRIDAY NIGHT: Meeting was opened by Brother Jonah Knight 
by singing hymn 200. Brother Travis Knight led in prayer. Elder 
John Charles read for the evening lesson St. John 14. Brother James 
D. Dickens preached a wonderful sermon. Elder General Dickens arose 
and preached concerning Joseph. Elder Station sang hymn 41 and 
preached from Isa. 29:11. Elder Amos Humphrey arose and preached 
1 Tim. 23v. Elder John Charles made a few encouraging remarks. 
Elder Daniel Station sang for closing hymn 617. Benediction by 
Elder A. Humphrey. 

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SATURDAY MORNING: Elder John Charles opened by singing 
hymn 3 and led in prayer and read for the morning lesson St. John 
14. Elder General Dickens arose and preached from St. John 14. Elder 
Joe W. Dickins preached from the same chapter. Elder John Charles 
gave same encouraging remarks. Closed by singing hymn 2. Bene- 
diction by the Moderator. 

SATURDAY EVENING: Elder Joe W. Dickens opened by singing 
hymn 345. Brother George Wimberly led in prayer. Elder John 
Charles read for the evening lesson St. John 15. Brother Parker 
sang hymn 3 and preached from John 1. Elder John Charles arose 
and spoke wonderfully. Elder J.. H. Dickens closed by singing hymn 
340. Benediction by Elder John Charles. 

SATURDAY NIGHT: Brother George Wimberly opened by sing- 
ing hymn 353. Deacon Arthur Council led in preayer. Elder John 
Charles read for the evening lesson St. John 14. Elder Daniel Station, 
sang hymn 597 and preached from Jeremiah 50. Elder Earl Hope 
preached from St. John 15. Elder Cecil Alston sang hymn 364 and 
preached from John 14. Elder John Charles spoke a few encouraging 
remarks. Elder Cecil Alston sang hymn 689 for closing and gave the 
benediction. 

SUNDAY MORNING: 

Elder Cecil Alston opened by singing hymn 141. Deacon Haywood 
Barnes led in prayer. Elder John Charles read for the morning lesson 
Gen. 7. Brother James D. Dickens preached wonderfully. Brother 
Parker arose and preached wonderfully. Elder Daniel Station sang 
hymn 500 and preached from Rev. 6. Elder Earl Hope sang hymn 
393 and preached from the same charter. Elder Willie Maryland 
preached from Jeremiah 32:6. Elder Fred Dildy sang hymn 73 and 
preached from St. John 1. Elder Willie Bullock preaced Psa.89. 
Elder Amos H. Humphrey sang hymn 689 and preached from St. 
John 3. Elder Cecil Alston sang hymn 3 and preached "God is able. 
The Assistant Moderator spoke a few remarks. Elder Willie Carney 
sang hymn 689 for closing. Benediction by Elder Cecil Alston. 

Elder J. H. Dickens, Moderator 

Elder John Charles, Assistant Moderator 

Brother Travis Knight, Clerk 

CORRESPONDING LETTER 

Dear Brethren in Chnst I trust, — It was enjoined upon me to 
write a corresponding letter, so I will call your attention to Psa. 
108, "O God, my heart is fixed and I will sing." So brethren, I hope 
that our friendly correspondence will continue till time be no more. 
Farewell. 

— Long Branch Association 

By Brother George Wimberly. 

CIRCULAR LETTER 

This is the sixteenth Annual Session of the Long Branch Primitive 
Baptist Association, held with Logsboro Church in Edgecombe County, 
N. C. beginning Friday before the third Sunday in October, 1963. 

Dear Brethren: The Lord has blessed us to meet from the north, 
south, east and west. We are thankful to our heavenly Father for 
preserving our lives. Oh how good it is for brethren to dwell to- 
gether in peace. God has commanded us to stand fast in the liberty 
wherewith Christ has made us free. Let us serve God with godly 
fear and pray that the word of God may have its free course and all 
we do be done to the glory of God. 

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STATISTICAL TABLE 

LONG BRANCH— Pastor: Elder J. H. Dickens. Messenger: Brother 
James Sharp. Communion month: Feb. Sun. of Meeting, 3rd. 
Total Membership: 9. Contribution: $15.00. 

LOGSBORO— Pastor: Elder J. H. Dickens. Messenger: Brother James 
D. Dickens. Communion Month: Feb. iSun. of Meeting: 4th. 
Deceased: 1. Total Membership: 3. Contribution: $15.00. 

LEGGETTS CHAPEL— Pastor: Elder J. H. Dickens. Messenger: Bro. 
Aston Higgs. Communion Month: Feb. Sun. of Meeting: 1st. 
Total Membership: 4. Contribution: $15.00. 

TAR RIVER CHAPEL— Pastor: Elder John Charles. Messenger: Bro. 
Jonah Knight. Communion Month: March. Sun. of Meeting: 1st. 
Received by Baptism: 1. Total Membership: 14. Contribution: $15. 

LITTLE MT. ZION— Pastor: Elder J. H. Dickens. Messenger: Bro. 
Jack Sherrod. Communion Month: Feb. Sun. of Meeting: 2nd. 
Restored to Fellowship: 1. Deceased: 2. Total Membership: 10. 
Contribution: $15.00. 

ORDAINED ELDERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder J. H. Dickens, R. F. D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder John Charles, Post Office Box, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder Joe W. Dickens, Rt. 2, Box 141A, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder General Dickens, Rt. 2, Box 18, Tarboro, N. C. 

LICENSED MINISTERS 

Brother Tom Lloyd, Bethel, N. C. 

Brother Tom Lloyd, Bethel, N. C. 

Brother James D. Dickens, Rt. 1, Hobgood, N. C. 

DEACONS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Bro. James Sharpe, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. Jonah Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. George Wimberly, R.F.D. 4, Greenville, N. C. 

Bro. Austin Higgs, Rocky Mount, N. C. 

Brother Jack Sherrod, Tarboro, N. C. 

Bro. James Harrell, Tarboro, N. C. 

Brother Travis Knight, Rt. 1, Box 168, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES, PASTORS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Logsboro— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggett's Chapel— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Tar River Chapel — Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion — Elder J. H. Dickens, Rt. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES AND THEIR DEACONS 

Long Branch — Brother George Wimberly. 
Logsboro — Brother Travis Knight 
Leggetts Chapel — Brother Auston Higgs 

and Brother George Wimberly 
Tar River Chapel — Bro. Jonah Knight 
Little Mount Zion — Brother Jack Sherrod 

CLERKS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Sister Alice Peace, Tarboro, N. C. 
Logsboro — Brother Travis Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggetts Chapel — Sis. Pearlie Wimberly, Greenville, N. C. 
Tar River — Sister Mary E. Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion — Sister Alice Peace, Tarboro, N. C. 

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SABBATH MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — Third Sunday and Saturday before. 
Logsboro — Fourth Sunday and Saturday before. 
Leggett's Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Tar River Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Little Mount Zion — Second Sunday and Saturday before. 

QUARTERLY MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — February, May, August, November. 
Logsboro — February, May, August, November. 
Leggett Chapel — February, May, August, November. 
Tar River Chapel — March, June, September, December. 
Little Mount Zion — February, May, August, November. 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each church agrees to hold conferences once a month. 

2. The Moderator and Clerk should be chosen by the majority of 
the delegates present. 

8. Conference shall be opened by praise or prayer. 

4. The door of the church shall be opened for reception of members 
of fellowship. 

5. The state and standing of the church shall be inquired into. 

6. No member shall leave the conference without permission of the 
Moderator. 

7. The minority shall submit to the majority in all cases except 
receiving members to fellowship and to office. This shall be unanimous. 

8. Any business brought up in the church shall be read three times 
before acted upon. 

9. We agree that if any member shall violate these rules, such 
members will be dealt with according to the gospel order. 

10. We agree to commune four times a year when all is well. 

11. We agree to wash feet four times a year at each church. 

12. No member shall have any right to contract any business of the 
church without the liberty to do so. 

13. If any member of the church becomes dissatisfied with the rules 
of the church they shall be excluded from fellowship until they can give 
satisfaction and then be restored. 

14. If any member shall wilfully absent himself from communion, he 
shall make his reason known to the church. 

15. If any member violates any of these he shall be brought to trial. 
He must be tried by his own church. 

16. If any ministrr, deacon, or clerk transgresses these rules, the 
church shall have power to call help from other churches to aid in 
settling it. 

17. We agree not to commune with any persons unless they are 
baptized in our faith and order. 

18. We agree to commune with predestinarian Baptists who are in 
good standing. 

19. If any member sees another transgressing the rules of the 
church and does not bring it to the church after applying the 18th 
Chapter of Matthew, they are liable to be tried before the church them- 
selves. Each church shall have a Moderator and be governed by the voice 
of the members. 

20. No exhorting minister shall be admitted to the stand only by 
preaching his Trial Sermon in a union or association. 

21. No ordination shall be done only in union or in association. 

22. No traffic or trade shall be carried on within 150 yards of the 
church grounds. 

23. No minister or member shall have a right to carry any of the 
corresponding association property to any other association. 

24. No members who have been withdrawn from fellowship will be 

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allowed to come into the Association. He first shall get the right of his 
home church. The Long Branch Association was organized July 31st, 
1948, by the corresponding association and the assistance of the Beth- 
lehem and Radicue Associations. 

On August 23, 1948, the Board of Brethren met at Johnson Chapel 
Church in reorganizing council with the corresponding brethren and the 
Long Branch brethren. First Brother Deacon Joyner sang hymn 533 
and offered prayer. Then, on motion, agreed that Elder B. B. Exum 
be Moderator of Council. The house was announced in order for 
business. On motion it was agreed that Elder S. T. Woodard be chosen 
for clerk. On motion, it was agreed that visiting brethren and messen- 
gers take a seat with us and feel themselves at home. 

Next, Brother Deacon Wimberly came forth and explained how the 
organizing of the Long Branch Association was carried out. Next, Elder 
B. B. Exum came forth and explained what this called meeting was for. 
Next, Elder W. J. Moore and Elder J. H. Winstead came forth to talk 
on the meeting. On motion that minutes of the previous meeting be 
read, it was granted. On motion agreed that Elder B. B. Exum come 
forth and confess his error and beg the conference to forgive him. On 
motion, agreed that it be granted. On motion agreed that the Long 
Branch brethren be left in care of the corresponding association until 
their session meeting Friday before the third Sunday in October, 1948. 
On motion that the Long Branch brethren be in full fellowship with our 
corresponding churches wherever they be. 

On motion, agreed that the clerk will take these minutes home and 
straighten them out as best he can and mail them to the different 
brethren. 

It was granted. 

On motion that the minutes of the previous meeting, which they 
held, be received. It was granted by conference. 

On motion, agreed if no other business, conference adjourn by 
singing hymn 507. 

ELDER JAMES H. DICKENS, Moderator 
ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Ass't Moderator 
BROTHER TRAVIS KNIGHT, Clerk 

ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in one true and living God; the Father, the Son, and 
the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are 
the words of God and the only faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of man's impotency to recover him- 
self from the fallen state he is in by nature of his own free will and 
ability. 

4. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
by reputed righteousness in Christ. 

5. We believe that God's elect shall be called, converted, and sanc- 
tified by the Holy Ghost. 

6. We believe in the doctrine of eternal, particular election. 

7. We believe that the saints shall be preserved in grace and never 
finally fall. 

8. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and washing of the 
saints' feet are ordinances and the true mode of baptism is by immer- 
sion. 

9. We believe in the resurrection of the dead. We believe that the 
punishment of the wicked will be everlasting and the joys of righteous 
shall be eternal. 

10. AVe believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinance of baptism and the Lord's Supper, except such as are regu- 
larly ordained presbvterv. 

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tl linuted 

OF THE 

Nineteenth 

Annual Session 
OF THE 

Long Branch 
Primitive Baptist Association 

HELD WITH 

Little Mount Zion Church 

EDGECOMBE COUNTY, SPEED, N. G 

FRIDAY BEFORE THE THIRD SUNDAY 

IN OCTOBER, 

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Next session convenes with Long Branch Church, located 

in Speed, N. C, Edgecombe Co., Friday before the 

third Sunday in October, 1967. 

OFFICERS 

ELDER J. H. DICKENS - Moderator, Rt. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
ELD. JOHN CHARLES - Ass't Moderator, Tarboro, N. C. 
LUVENIA LLOYD - Clerk, P. O. Box 142, Speed, N. C. 
MARY CHARLES - Assistant Clerk, Tarboro, N. C. 

rjJ Primitive Publications, Rt. 2, Elon College, N. C. 27244 v**-* 



Proceedings 

OF THE NINETEENTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE 
LONG BRANCH PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, HELD 

WITH LITTLE MOUNT ZION CHURCH IN SPEED, N. C, 

EDGECOMBE COUNTY, N. C., FRIDAY BEFORE THE THIRD 

SUNDAY IN OCTOBER, 1965. 

FRIDAY MORNING SESSION— October 14, 1966 

Deacon Travis Knight opened meeting by singing hymn 339 
and led in prayer. Elder J. H. Dickens sang hymn 275. Elder 
John Charles read lor morning lesson 1st chapter St. John. 

Elder J. H. Dickens was chosen to preach introductory 
sermon. He preached Christ crucified. Elder John Charles was 
chosen to preach alternate sermon. He preached from St. John 
14th chapter. Elder J. H. Dickens sang hymn 284 for closing. 
Benediction by Elder John Charles. Closed for one hour. 

FRIDAY EVENING SESSION 

Meeting was open by Deacon Travis Knight by singing hymn 
209. Deacon James Sharp led in prayer. 

Elder J. H. Dickens announced the house in order for 
business. 

1. Moved and agreed that the delegate retire to choose the 
Moderator. It pleased the minds of the delegates to choose 
Elder J. H. Dickens, Moderator of this Association for next 
twelve months. He chose Elder John Charles his assistant. 

2. Moved and agreed the report of the delegates to be re- 
ceived and discharged. 

3. Moved and agreed Sister Luvenia Lloyd be the Associa- 
tion Clerk for next twelve months. Sister Mary Charles to be 
her Assistant for next twelve months. 

4. Moved and agreed Deacon Travis Knight to be speaker 
of this house for the next twelve months. Deacon Jonah Knight 
his Assistant next twelve months. 

5. Moved and agreed that Deacon James Sharp to be the 
Association Treasurer for next twelve months. 

6. Moved and agreed that all other officers remain the 
same. 

7. Moved and agreed that all delegates and messengers to be 
invited to sit with vis and form a part in our conference. 

8. Moved and agreed that roll of churches to be called. 
Long Branch, Leggetts Chapel, Logsboro, Tar River Chapel, 
Little Mount Zion, all present. 



9. Moved and agreed that door be opened to receive new 
churches. None came forth. 

10. Moved and agreed that committee of three be appointed 
to arrange preaching during this session as follows: Elder John 
Charles, Elder James D. Dickens, Deacon James Sharp. The 
committee reported (1) Brother James Harrell, (2) Elder 
James D. Dickens, (3) Elder General Dickens. 

11. Moved and agreed the report of committee to be received 
and discharged. 

12. Moved and agreed that Elder Joe W. Dickens record the 
preachers' texts from day to day. 

13. Moved and agreed that Corresponding delegates now 
make their report. 

14. Union Line Association: Elder James Avery reporting 
peace and love. Also a file of minutes, desiring correspondence 
to continue. 

15. Moved and agreed report be received by Moderator ex- 
tending right hand of fellowship to delegate. 

Radicue Association: Elder Fred Lucas came forth reporting 
peace and love: also a file of minutes, desiring correspondence 
to continue. 

16. Move and agreed the report be received by Moderator 
extending right hand of fellowship to delegate. 

Bethlehem Association: Elder Kemp Atkinson came forth 
reporting peace and love; also a file of minutes, desiring corr- 
espondence to continue. 

17. Moved and agreed the report to be received by Moder- 
ator extending the right hand of fellowship to delegate. 

Corresponding Association: Elder Ernest Farmer represent- 
ing peace, love and a file of minutes, desiring correspondence 
to continue. 

18. Moved and agreed report be received by Moderator ex 
tending the right hand of fellowship to delegate. 

Contentnea Association: Brother Bennie Bryant representing 
peace and love; also a file of minutes, desiring correspondence 
to continue. 

19. Moved and agreed the report be received by Moderator 
extending the right hand of fellowship to delegate. 

Loving Association: Elder Amos H. Humphrey representing 
peace and love; also a file of minutes, desiring correspondence 

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to continue. 

20. Moved and agreed the report be received by Moderator 
extending right and hand of fellowship to delegate. 

Coopers Grove Association: Elder W. B. Enoch representing 
peace and love; also a file of minutes, desiring correspondence 
to continue. 

21. Moved and agreed the report be received by the Mod- 
erattor extending the right hand of fellowship to the delegate. 

22. Moved and agreed the corresponding letters be called 
for and read. 

23. Moved and agreed the letters be received. 

24. Moved and agreed Deacon Travis Knight to write the 
Association letter, 1967. 

25. Moved and agreed petitionary letters be called for. 
None received. 

26. Moved and agreed that we will see where the next session 
of our Association will meet. The next Long Branch Association 
will convene at Long Branch Church at Speed, N. C. on 122 
highway, beginning Friday before the third Sunday in October, 
1967. 

27. Moved and agreed Elder J. H. Dickens to preach Intro- 
ductory Sermon; Elder John Charles to preach alternate ser- 
mon. 

28. Moved and agreed Long Branch Association will adjourn 
until tomorrow morning at 10:00. Closed by singing hymn 507. 
Benediction by Elder David Bullock. 

Elder J. H. Dickens, Moderator 
Elder John Charles, Ass't Moderator 
Sister Luvenia Lloyd, Clerk 
Sister Mary Charles, Ass't Clerk 

SATURDAY MORNING SESSION 

The association was called to order by Deacon Travis Knight 
by singing hymn 209. Deacon Jonah Knight led in prayer. 
Elder John Charles read for morning lesson John 14th chapter. 
Moderator announced the association is in order for business. 

29. Moved and agreed visiting delegates and messengers be 
invited to sit with us and form a part in our conference and 
feel themselves at home. 

30. Moved and agreed the roll of delegates be called. All 

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present. 

31. Moved and agreed the list of churches be called. All 
present. 

32. Moved and agreed the Friday evening session be read 
and approved. 

33. Moved and agreed that Friday evening session be received 
and all errors corrected. 

34. Moved and agreed the Committee an Arrangements now 
make their report as follows: (1) Brother James Harrell, (2) 
Brother Bennie Bryant, (3) Elder James Avery. 

35. Moved and agreed that the report of committee be re- 
ceived and discharged. 

36. Moved and agreed to take up unfinished business. Moved 
and agreed this association to ordain Brother James Harrell 
tomorrow morning at 9:30 o'clock. 

37. Moved and agreed that we choose our delegates to visit 
our corresponding associations. It was agreed to send delegates 
as follows: 

Contentnea: Elder Jow W. Dickens, 1966. 
Coopers Grove: Elder John Charles, 1967. 
Loving: Elder General Dickens, 1967. 
Radicue: Elder James Harrell, 1967. 
Union Line: Elder James D. Dickens, 1967. 
Bethlehem: Elder J. H. Dickens, 1967. 
Corresponding: Elder Joe W. Dickens, 1967. 

38. Moved and agreed that the Clerk have 200 copies of these 
minutes printed under supervision of the Moderator. 

39. Moved and agreed association letter be called for. 

40. Moved and agreed this association take up association 
collection. 

Received from churches $75.00 

Penny collection 82.51 

Visiting Elders and friends 7.00 

Old treasury 84 $165.35 

Expenses of Association $101.54 

Balance in treasury $ 63.81 $165.35 

41. Moved and agreed Finance report be received. 

42. Moved and agreed that Rules of Decorum and the Church 
Government and Abstract of Principles be printed in the min- 
utes of 1966. 

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43. Moved and agreed that the Finance Committee pay off 
the indebtedness of this Association. 

44. Move and agreed that this Association adjourn until 
1967 by singing hymn 340. Benediction by Elder J. H. Dickens. 

Elder J. H. Dickens, Moderator 
Elder John Charles, Ass't Moderator 
Sister Luvenia Lloyd, Clerk 
Deacon James Sharp, Treasurer 

PREACHING SERVICE 

FRIDAY NIGHT— Meeting- was opened by Deacon Travis Knight 
singing hymn 200 and led in prayer. Elder John Charles read Jonas 1st 
chapter. Brother James Harrell preached wonderfully. Elder James 
D. Dickens preached St. John 1. Brother Bennie Bryant preached a 
wonderful sermon. Elder John Charles sang hymn 364. Benediction by 
Brother Bennie Bryant. 

SATURDAY MORNING— Elder General Dickens opened by sing- 
ing hymn 3 and led in prayer. Elder John Charles read for morning 
lesson St. John 14. Brother Bryant sang hymn 24, preached from 
In the beginning was the Word. Brother Isaac Bridges sang hymn 
400, Blessed is he that mourns; he shall be comforted. Elder General 
Dickens preached from S. John. Elder Fred Lucus preached a won- 
derful sermon. Sang hymn 284 for closing. Benediction by Elder 
John Charles. Closed for one hour. 

SATURDAY EVENING— Deacon Travis Knight sang hymn 339. 
Deacon Charlie Blackman led in prayer. Elder John Charles read 1st 
chapter Jonah. Elder Willie Bullock preached a wonderful sermon. 
Elder Ernest Faimer sang hymn 144, Timothy 2. Elder Sylvania 
Worsley preached wonderfully. Elder John Charles spoke some en- 
couraging words, sang hymn 334. Benediction by Elder John Charles. 

SATURDAY NIGHT— Deacon Travis Knight opened meeting by 
singing hymn 339. Deacon Jonah Knight led in prayer. Elder John 
Charles read for evening lesson St. John 1. Elder Kemp Atkinson 
sang hymn 76 and he preached St. John 14. Elder Willie Corney 
preached, no special text. Elder James D. Dickens preached a won- 
derful sermon. Elder Joe W. Dickens sang hymn 364 and preached 
from St. Matthew 28. Elder P. L. Hill sang hymn 364 for closing. 
Benediction by Elder P. L. Hill. 

SUNDAY MORNING — Deacon Travis Knight opened by singing 
hymn 209. Deacon Howard Barnes led in prayer. Elder P. L. Hill read 
for morning lesson Timothy 3. Brother James Harrell was ordained 
Sunday morning October 16, 1966. Elder John Charles read scripture 
lesson St. John 1. Elder James Harrell preached a wonderful sermon. 
Elder Rufus Jones preached from St. John 1. Brother Bennie Bryant 
sang hymn 530. Preached from last of Revelation. Elder Fred Lucus 
preached from Jonah. Elder Ernest Farmer sang hymn 144, preached 
from Nehemiah 1. Elder Kemp Atkinson preached from St. John 1. 
Elder W. B. Enoch preached a wonderful sermon. Elder P. L. Hill 
sang. hymn 141. Preached St. John 1. Elder A. H. Humphrey sang 
hymn 506. Preached from St. Luke 15. Sang for closing hymn 689. 
Benediction by Elder A. H. Humphrey. 

Elder J. H. Dickens, Moderator 
Elder John Charles, Ass't Moderator 
Luvenia Lloyd, Clerk 
Mary Charles, Ass't Clerk 
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CORRESPONDING LETTER 

Dear Brethren in Christ: — The Lord has blessed us to meet to- 
gether in another Association and we are glad to meet our corres- 
ponding bethren in peace and love. We thank the good Lord for ex- 
tending His merciful hand to lead us, for as many as are led by the 
Spirit of God are the sons of God. 

CIRCULAR LETTER 

This is the nineteenth annual session of the Long Branch Primitive 
Baptist Association, held with Little Mount Zion Church in Edge- 
combe, N. C, beginning Friday before the third Sunday in October, 
1966. 

Dear brethren, — The Lord has blessed us to meet from the north, 
south, east and west. We are thankful to our heavenly Father for 
preserving our lives. Oh how good it is for brethren to dwell together 
in peace. God has commanded us to stand fast in the liberty where- 
with Christ has made us free. Let us serve God with godly fear and 
pray that the word of God may have its course and all we do be done 
to the glory of God. 

ORDAINED ELDERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Elder J. H. Dickens, R. F. D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder John Charles, Post Office Box, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder Joe W. Dickens, Rt. 2, Box 141A, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder James Harrell, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder General Dickens, Rt. 2, Tarboro, N. C. 
Elder James D. Dickins, Rt. 1, Hobgood, N. C. 

Licensed Ministers: 

Brother Tom Morgan, Rt. 1, Hobgood, N. C. 

DEACONS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Deacon James Sharp, Tarboro, N. C; Ph. TA 3-4489 

Deacon Jonah Knight, Tarboro, N. C. 

Deacon Tom Lloyd, Enfield, N. C. 

Deacon Travis Knight, Rt. 1, Box 168, Tarboro, N. C; Ph. 823-3464 

CHURCHES, PASTORS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

Long Branch — Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Logsboro— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggett's Chapel— Elder J. H. Dickens, R.F.D. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 
Tar River Chapel — Elder John Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion— Elder J. H. Dickens, Rt. 1, Tarboro, N. C. 

CHURCHES AND THEIR DEACONS 

Long Branch: Deacon Travis Knight 
Logsboro-^-Deacon Travis Knight 
Leggetts Chapel — Deacon Travis Knight 
Tar River Chapel — Deacon Jonah Knight 
Little Mount Zion — Deacon James Sharpe 

CLERKS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 
Long Branch — Deacon Travis Knight, Rt. 1, Box 168, Tarboro, N. C. 
Logsboro — Deacon Travis Knight, Rt. 1, Box 168, Tarboro, N. C. 
Leggetts Chapel — Sister Luvenia Lloyd, P. 0. Box 142, Speed, N. C. 
Tar River Chapel — Sister Mary E. Charles, Tarboro, N. C. 
Little Mount Zion — Sister Luvenia Lloyd, P. 0. Box 142, Speed, N. C. 

Ph. 823-4862 

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SABBATH MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — Third Sunday and Saturday before. 
Logsboro — Fourth Sunday and Saturday before. 
Leggett's Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Tar River Chapel — First Sunday and Saturday before. 
Little Mount Zion — Second Sunday and Saturday before. 

QUARTERLY MEETING DAYS 

Long Branch — February, May, August, November. 
Logsboro — February, May, August, November. 
Leggett Chapel — February, May, August, November. 
Tar River Chapel — March, June, September, December. 
Little Mount Zion — February, May, August, November. 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each church agrees to hold conferences once a month. 

2. The Moderator and Clerk should be chosen by the majority ot 
the delegates present. 

3. Conference shall be opened by praise or prayer. 

4. The door of the church shall be opened for reception of members 
of fellowship. 

5. The state and standing of the church shall be inquired into. 

6. No member shall leave the conference without permission of the 
Moderator. 

7. The minority shall submit to the majority in all cases except 
receiving members to fellowship and to office. This shall be unanimous. 

8. Any business brought up in the church shall be read three times 
before acted upon. 

9. We agree that if any member shall violate these rules, such 
members will be dealt with according to the gospel order. 

10. AVe agree to commune four times a year when all is well. 

11. We agree to wash feet four times a year at each church. 

12. No member shall have any right to contract any business of the 
church without the liberty to do so. 

13. If any member of the church becomes dissatisfied with the rules 
of the church they shall be excluded from fellowship until they can give 
satisfaction and then be restored. 

14. If any member shall wilfully absent himself from communion, he 
shall make his reason known to the church. 

15. If any member violates any of these he shall be brought to trial. 
He must he tried by his own church. 

16. If any ministrr, deacon, or clerk transgresses these rules, the 
church shall have power to call help from other churches to aid in 
settling it. 

17. We agree not to commune with any persons unless they are 
baptized in our faith and order. 

18. We agree to commune with predestinarian Baptists who are in 
good standing. 

19. If any member sees another transgressing the rules of the 
church and does not bring it to the church after applying the 18th 
Chapter of Matthew, they are liable to be tried before the church them- 
selves. Each church shall have a Moderator and be governed by the voice 
of the members. 

20. No exiiorting minister shall be admitted to the stand only by 
preaching his Trial Sermon in a union or association. 

21. No ordination shall be done only in union or in association. 

22. No traffic or trade shall be carried on within 150 yards of the 
church grounds. 

23. No minister or member shall have a right to carry any of the 

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corresponding association property to any other association. 

24. No members who have been withdrawn from fellowship will be 
allowed to come into the Association. He first shall get the right of his 
home church. The Long Branch Association was organized July 31st, 
1948, by the corresponding association and the assistance of the Beth- 
lehem and Radicue Associations. 

On August 23, 1948, the Board of Brethren met at Johnson Chapel 
Church in reorganizing council with the corresponding brethren and the 
Long Branch brethren. First Brother Deacon Joyner sang hymn 533 
and offered prayer. Then, on motion, agreed that Elder B. B. Exum 
be Moderator of Council. The house was announced in order for 
business. On motion it was agreed that Elder S. T. Woodard be chosen 
for clerk. On motion', it was agreed that visiting brethren and messen- 
gers take a seat with us and feel themselves at home. 

Next, Brother Deacon Wimberly came forth and explained how the 
organizing of the Long Branch Association was carried out. Next, Elder 
B. B. Exum came forth and explained what this called meeting was for. 
Next, Elder W. J. Moore and Elder J. H. Winstead came forth to talk 
on the meeting. On motion that minutes of the previous meeting be 
read, it was granted. On motion agreed that Elder B. B. Exum come 
forth and confess his error and beg the conference to forgive him. On 
motion, agreed that it be granted. On motion agreed that the Long 
Branch brethren be left in care of the corresponding association until 
their session meeting Friday before the third Sunday in October, 1948. 
On motion that the Long Branch brethren be in full fellowship with our 
corresponding churches wherever they be. 

On motion, agreed that the clerk will take thee minutes home and 
straighten them out as best he can and mail them to the different 
brethren. 

It was granted. 

On motion that the minutes of the previous meeting, which they 
held, be received. It was granted by conference. 

On motion, agreed if no other business, conference adjourn by 
singing hymn 507. 

ELDER JAMES H. DICKENS, Moderator 
ELDER JOHN CHARLES, Ass't Moderator 

ARTICLES OF FAITH 

1. We believe in one true and living God; the Father, the Son, and 
the Holy Giiost. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are 
the words of God and the only faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of man's impotency to recover him- 
self from the fallen state he is in by nature of his own free will and 
ability. 

4. Wc believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only 
by reputed righteousness in Christ. 

5. We believe that God's elect shall be called, converted, and sanc- 
tified by the Holy Ghost. 

6. We believe in the doctrine of eternal, particular election. 

7. We believe that the saints shall be preserved in grace and never 
finally fall. 

8. We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper, and washing of the 
saints' feet are ordinances and the true mode of baptism is by immer- 
sion. 

9. We believe in the resurrection of the dead. We believe that the 
punishment of the wicked will be everlasting and the joys of righteous 
shall be eternal 

10. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the 
ordinance of baptism and the Lord's Supper, except such as are regu- 
larly ordained presbytery. 



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